It was just 5 years ago when the Chief Executive Officer of an International Discipleship Ministry Agency found himself gripped with despair and hopelessness – not knowing how to define what was happening, but knowing something was terribly wrong.
The year was 2012 and Rev. Junius Dotson found himself dealing with great losses that ultimately made him feel empty and alone. His mother died in February 2012, brother passed from a massive heart attached just 5 months afterwards and right after the burial – before he could board a plane back to Wichita, KS he received news of his grandmother’s death.
Dotson had lost more than half of his immediate family in a 5 month time-frame and he wasn’t sure how to deal with it.
Despite the overwhelming feelings of loss of family and being alone, the pressures of having to stand week after week in the pulpit and fulfill the responsibility as Senior Pastor of the largest African-American congregation in Kansas essentially numbed the feelings. So he didn’t deal with these feelings nor did he feel that they could lead to something so much more; a full mental breakdown. Not recognizing why his off days and eventually weeks were spent in dark rooms and disconnected from family and friends, Dotson eventually conceded to the idea that he could be suffering from depression.
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PASTOR OPENS UP ABOUT DEPRESSION AND MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CHURCH was originally published on praisecleveland.com