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Striving for Progress in Mental Health

Updated: May 14, 2023

In an effort to tackle the challenges posed by mental health disorders, I, Dedrick, embark on a journey of personal triumph. As a devoted husband, father, son, brother, friend, small business owner, and author, I confront the daunting realities of anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. These conditions, as described by the esteemed Mayo Clinic, encompass overwhelming worry, fear, and anxiety that impede one's daily life. Panic disorder induces sensations of impending doom, accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart palpitations. Agoraphobia, on the other hand, instills a fear of confinement, compelling individuals to avoid certain places and situations. Together, these mental health challenges can be truly incapacitating.

My journey into the realm of mental health struggles was not one I anticipated, but it is a journey shared by many. Particularly within marginalized communities, trauma often leaves an indelible mark. Yet, I stand here today to affirm that it is perfectly acceptable to face these challenges head-on. What truly matters is how we respond to the adversities that befall us, both directly and indirectly. For me, the path to recovery lies in physical exercise. With this in mind, I am preparing to participate in a 5K run organized by the Johnston County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Not only does this event raise funds for local high school scholarships, but it also fosters the well-being and prosperity of community organizations such as House of Hope, as well as the general public. Telia Virgin, President, Johnston County Alumni Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority had the pleasure of sitting down with Sarah Rudlang, Anchor, Spectrum News to discuss this event and mental health challenges on May 12, 2023. You can find out more about this event and make contributions by going here


I acknowledge that my chosen approach may not resonate with everyone. It is essential, therefore, that all those currently persevering while reading this understand the value of seeking support from licensed therapists. Accessing such professionals is possible through your employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). If you find yourself unemployed or underemployed, I strongly urge you to make use of the resources available to you, such as local churches or the Department of Social Services. Although these organizations may not offer direct assistance, they can guide you in the right direction. By connecting with a therapist, you can embark on a transformative journey to identify your unique triggers and develop effective coping strategies. Through this process, you will liberate your mind, body, and spirit, as I have done, enabling you to better manage your mental health and embrace life with renewed vigor. May fortune favor and guide you on your path to healing.








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