Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: What A Bipolar Mood Swing Looks Like

By Chato B. Stewart

Depressed MOOD downer Swing: Life is Hopeless!!
Manic MOOD Twisted Swing: What a Ride!! It’s Awesome!! Make it Stop!!
Negativity MOOD broken Swing:  I HaTe  You BOTH!!!
Caption: Bipolar Mood Swing

When I was young, I experienced bipolar differently then I do now:…Now, that I’ve been medicated and have it in a manageable place in my life.  That is not to say, I don’t deal with the symptoms.  I deal with it every day – some days more than others.  While I try to keep to a schedule to maintain a balance, that is not always  practical.

My odd hours of sleep make it sometimes impossible.  What I find is that when I withdraw… then I know, I’m in for a symptomatic day.  My mood swing falls into the  characterized high levels of positivity mood – I love this period of time – I get more done, I have more ideas and I can write amazing blog posts… today is not one of those days.

This blog post will not be amazing trust me.  The other type of mood that tends to fill my mind more often is high levels of negativity this is like food for depression or vice versa; I can’t remember.

I thought I would have some fun with the Mental Health Humor cartoons and draw Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.  Starting the:

#1 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: What A Bipolar Mood Swing 1474 Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart bipolar mood swing

 

Bipolar Disorder

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Bipolar disorder, also known by its older name “manic depression,” is a mental disorder that is characterized by serious mood swings. A person with bipolar disorder experiences alternating “highs” (what clinicians call “mania“) and “lows” (also known as depression). Both the manic and depressive periods can be brief, from just a few hours to a few days, or longer, lasting up to several weeks or even months. The periods of mania and depression vary from person to person — many people may only experience very brief periods of these intense moods, and may not even be aware that they have bipolar disorder. http://psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/

 

 

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Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?

By Chato B. Stewart

 Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military

Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?

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9 11: Remember

By Chato B. Stewart

World Trade Center’s Twin Towers: 9 11 Tribute with Twin Towers Memorial.

I felt compelled to draw the above tribute today.  I kept seeing images of the World Trade Center in my mind but it was transparent – fading ~ yet it was an ever-present, unabating image.  If you read between the lines, you may theoretically come up with your own meaning of the imaginary. It  can mean anything to you…I found it comforting.  So I drew it. I drew what was in my head.

It was my own art therapy for dealing with today 9/11, my way to remember with out hate, anger, fear or anxiety. Steadily forging ahead each day, not soon to forget the loss and tragedy that caused great suffering, rather opting to heal. It’s all part of the grieving process.

Below are two other Mental Health Humor Cartoons I’ve drawn in the past and the 12th year I drew for my wife’s blog Joan Winifred.

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9 11 Tribute

2008 Mental Health Humor - 9 11 Remember - Chato Stewart

 

 



Suicide Prevention: The Most Powerful Words You Should Never Forget!

By Chato B. Stewart

 

On the evening of September 10th, I walked for suicide prevention as the sunset at Gilchrist park, Punta Gorda.

I was given the above-piece of paper to pin on my shirt and to write “WHO” I was walking for? “I AM WALKING FOR”…many walked for loved ones that had lost their battles/lives to mental illness. Others walked to support family and/or friends.  I wrote I walk for: me.

No, not as a joke for Mental Health Humor, but as a serious statement of a living/breathing participant and for all my peers who sadly couldn’t walk for themselves. I did not expect anyone to notice or say anything to me about writing walking for “ME.”

One woman, who was walking for suicide prevention, came up to commend me for personally walking for my “mental health.”  We talked for a bit. Her amazing story was so empowering. I asked if she would say a few words on video for my readers…What she said next are the most powerful words you should never forget if you live with a mental health disorder.

Here is what she said:

You are not alone, say it now: say it again, “You’re Not alone!”

Words that, at the right time, can save a life!  Something we should write down and repeat daily to remind us. These simple words of hope can hold so much power…Yes, if the words are coming from the right source, from the right person and at the right time.

 



 

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