However behind the Delaware County wine-chugging, Iggles-loving character who works at an ACME is 33-year-old Troy Hendrickson of Wilmington, Delaware.
He is been entertaining the Delaware Valley together with his abilities for 4 years now.
However on Wednesday, he posted an emotional video on Fb explaining his lengthy absence throughout a big a part of the pandemic.
“Over the previous 12 months I have been coping with anxiousness and despair, and I am certain lots of people are in related boats,” Hendrickson stated within the video.
He defined, like so many different individuals, he misplaced his personal supply of revenue in the course of the COVID-19 lockdowns and was remoted at dwelling.
“So I actually began to type of panic and I had a extreme anxiousness assault on Thanksgiving Day final 12 months. I by no means skilled that earlier than in my life,” Hendrickson advised Motion Information.
Dr. Thea Gallagher, a Philadelphia space scientific psychologist, says there’s been a major uptick in anxiousness and despair all through the pandemic.
“We name it the despair cycle, and I have been educating lots of people about this. They’re saying, ‘I do not really feel good anymore. I really feel down. I really feel unhappy,'” stated Dr. Gallagher.
She says the silver lining of the pandemic is that it’s breaking the stigma round psychological well being and in search of assist.
“In search of assist and reaching out to trusted professionals, reaching out to your family and friends, even perhaps to assist that course of get began,” stated Dr. Gallagher.
Hendrickson did get assist and he is again performing as Aunt Mary Pat.
He’s now sharing his recommendation to others.
“It’s important to discuss to any person, you need to speak about it. It is the one means you would ever get assist with it,” Hendrickson stated.
Hendrickson is doing dwell exhibits once more and has a giant tour deliberate for the upcoming vacation season.
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