Where I come from, mental illness is considered to be a form of demon possession. I was a star student and a youth leader in my church when I had my first panic attack. As a senior in high school, I felt stuck. Lost. The shame was nearly as unbearable as the panic attacks. The sad thing is, they became progressively worse over the next decade.
When I tell people that a suicide attempt at the age of 28 is what saved my life, they find it hard to believe. But it’s true. Before that time, I was never told that you can be a Christian and have a mental illness. I believed that my struggle with depression and situational anxiety made me less than a “real” Christian. I had also never been given permission to admit I needed help. In the Christian circles where I was raised, Christianity and brokenness couldn’t co-exist.
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Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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