In the living room of his suburban Maryland home on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., he told CBN's John Jessup that he started dealing with depression when he was around 30 years old.
The feeling of being overwhelmed increased after a series of tragedies that landed him in what he described as a "deep, dark well." Those included the deaths of several close friends and learning in his adult years that the man he called "dad" from childhood, was not his biological father.
"All of that was going on at the same time, and I just had to talk to somebody," he explained. He approached a minister from his church, who was also a licensed clinical psychologist. "After seeing me a while she said, 'Richard, you're 100 percent clinically depressed,'" Smallwood recalled. The talks helped, but he remained in the dark hole.
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