Kirk Franklin Opens Up about His Struggle with Depression, Anxiety

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Kirk Franklin Opens Up about His Struggle with Depression, Anxiety


Kirk Franklin is opening up about his struggle with anxiety and depression in 2019 after what he called a “high amount of loss” in his life.

According to The Christian Post, Franklin posted a video detailing his struggles on his Instagram Friday.

“[In] 2019, I experienced a high amount of loss in my life. I went to more funerals in 2019 than I’ve ever been to in my life. I went to the funerals of friends, the funerals of people’s parents and the funeral of people’s kids and it was a lot,” he said in the video.

In recent months, Franklin helped support Tony Evans, who lost his wife to cancer in December. Franklin also supported fellow Christian music artist TobyMac, whose 21-year-old son unexpectedly died in October.

“It just really brought a lot of anxiety. To me, I really struggle with a lot of anxiety and really got into a funk that I couldn’t really get out of. [It was] this just really dark funk, that I was in, depression, battling it. Not only that, just the anx (sic) that death can bring to you also is this anxiety about the future. It’s a fear of who’s next, what’s next?” Franklin added.

The 49-year-old then noted that he has reached out to his therapist.

“I was just talking to him (his therapist) about being very anxious and very consumed with fear and worry and just the struggle with it all. He said, ‘When I begin to live a life of gratitude, more gratitude then I will begin…

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