Archives for June, 2010

Doctors Office

How Many Pills Do You Take Daily? [New Cartoon]

Are you like me?  I HATE TO WAIT! Even when I'm in a line and I don't have anything to do after I finish my errand... I still hate to wait!

Yes, we could explore the psychological affect behind the need to have my needs attended to before yours.  I'm sure it's part of a complex flaw I have that has effected every aspect of my life.  I was thinking about this a few weeks back, while I was in the "waiting" room at the Hospital Emergency Room.  As I was waiting, a person came in with very serious injuries and they whisked him off to the back for help....

That got me thinking about the waiting area at the behavioral health provider I go to.  Even when I set a appointment, I still have to wait between 25 to 45 minutes.  A few times, it was over an hour.  What if they saw you based on the seriousness of your condition?
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Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Dr. Bob Bob – Peer to Peer Group

Originally posted August 25, 2008, this cartoon was considered a bit harsh, but, that's kind of the point with Dr. Bob Bob...being off the wall of reason, making you think a little about this subject.  Once again, the doctor was changing his look too... Here we see his head shaped more like a pear to fit the gag of a Peer to Peer group.  Yet, again Doc Bob Bob mangles up his perception of a peer group to convey his twisted ideals.
I posted this from the hotel in Tampa where I was able to bring my family to a much needed “working” or “studying” vacation.  I was just starting the first day of Recovery Peer Specialist training.
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Bipolar Disorder

Top 5 Ways to find Out If You're Rapid Cycling

Are you rapid cycling? Here are my Top 5 Ways to find out.

#5 -  You love to ride your bike, but only over hills.
#4 - You try to use the elevator to adjust your mood swings.
#3 - You are so happy about getting a gift all you do is cry.
#2 - Your social calendar is broken up into 4 quarters around your moods.
#1 - You find yourself replacing your break pads every few months because you stop and go, stop and go, stop and go...

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- 2013 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

BP Gulf's Oil Spill puts Mental Health At Risk!

BP Gulf's oil spill oil disaster puts mental health at risk!  It's the 59th day since the The Deepwater Horizon oil rig, operated by British Petroleum, exploded and sank more than 50 miles from Venice, LA, causing the damaging oil spill.

This weekend, while BP CEO Tony Hayward attended a yacht race, thousands of gallons of oil continued to pour into the Gulf of Mexico!  Fear not, cause the proverbial "buck" has been passed to the new man in charge, Bob Dudley.

With all the oil comes death! It's estimated that "generations" of wildlife will be wiped out... not 1,000, or 10,000 but whole generations!! The loss of human life from the explosion and the loss of thousands of small businesses are leaning to a melting pot of trouble.
An article I read By Elizabeth Weise from USA TODAY titled, "Gulf oil spill puts mental health at risk, too" inspired me to pick up my pencil to express my own feeling about the spill.
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Ask Dr. Bob Bob

More Than Half of All Prison And Jail Inmates Have Mental Health Problems

A study, reported on back in 2006, showed:
"more than half of all prison and jail inmates have mental health problems, including 56 percent of state prisoners, 45 percent of federal prisoners and 64 percent of local jail inmates, were found to have a mental health problem, according to a new study published today by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)."
The findings are from 2006.  This makes me wonder how this report would look for 2010!  It is no secret that our prisons are filled with the mentally ill.  My question: how many would not have to be there if there was adequate treatment?!
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Sexual Side Effects

Male Sexual Dysfunction, Is It Just in My Head?

Guys, we know the last thing we want to hear is...Erectile Dysfunction! I think for some of us that is worse then hearing we are mentally ill!  What is more of an issue is that many of the medications we might have to take have the dreaded "Sexual Side Effects."

Male Sexual Dysfunction is not just an issue because guys only care about sex!  Contrary to what many might think, it is much, much, more then sex!  Then again, any type of Southern Dysfunction becomes more about our individuality and our misguided minds; what we define our machismo masculine sexuality as. Yet, we guys like to protect that hemisphere from danger when ever possible from ALL Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.
What can be done if you are worried about Male Sexual Dysfunction?
According to Cory Silverberg, "Many medications come with sexual side effects. Sexual side effects of medication can include physical sexual side effects as well as emotional, and psychological sexual side effects. They can be temporary or long term, mild or severe. Whether a sexual side effect is common or rare doesn’t matter so much when you are experiencing it."
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Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Ask DR. Bob Bob – Recovery

Chato B. Stewart says,"Recovery is not a cure, rather the ability to live our lives with balance and dignity. To be able see and have real hope."

This might be hard to conceptualize since not long ago, the only hope was in our hopelessness.  It takes real work, and there will always be bumps in the road, but we can do it!! We can have recovery!!  We just need to watch out for uninformed and uneducated friends/caregivers that just DON'T have a clue to what we need... Today's example of Doc Bob Bob really hits this point home.
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Mid-Night Insanity

Darth Vader had Borderline Personality Order!!??

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In a letter entitled "Is Anakin Skywalker suffering from borderline personality disorder?," soon to be published in the journal Psychiatry Research, Eric Bui, a psychiatrist at Toulouse University Hospital, and his colleagues, will set out why Anakin (later to be known across that galaxy far, far away as Darth Vader) matches six out of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
"I had watched the two prequel movies [Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith], and it was during my residency in psychiatry, while trying to explain borderline personality disorder to medical students, that I thought of Anakin," says Bui, displaying an unnerving lack of awareness that his study subject is, in fact, a fictional character.
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5 Questions

Top 5 Things To Do If You THINK You’re Depressed (Cartoons)

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Number 1: Depression is seriously depressing! But before we begin to fix anything, we must first make sure you're depressed.  You should watch for the "Signs Of Depression".
Title:   Signs Of Depression
Great, you've seen the signs.  Let's move on...Now what?
Number 2: You may want to seek professional help and talk to a therapist. There are "Depression Tests" that can help your doctor determine what type of action should be taken...
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Road To Recovery

Words Of The Wisdomless: Nothing More

Words Of The Wisdomless: Nothing More -
“A mental illness relapse is nothing more then a period of time that just didn’t go right. It’s nothing more to worry about, nothing more then a detour on the road to recovery.  All we need to do… is get back on our road and nothing more.” – By Chato B. Stewart

How true.  We are on a journey... Yes, our destination might not be as tangible as visiting Paris for the summer; it is a destination nevertheless!  Living with any type of psychological disorder is like getting an open-end traveling ticket.  We know -- we want to go to recovery but how to get there is just not mapped out yet.
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Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Ask Dr Bob Bob

I am happy to bring Mental Health Humor's own unprofessional series: Ask Dr. Bob Bob back to Monday's posts!

Who is Dr. Bob Bob? Let me assure you, he is a figment of my imagination! No matter how much you tell me you've had a therapist just like him... He is only as "real" as you want him to be... Although, he does remind me of my first therapist! For example, he put me on a medication that you should not take more then 300mg a day... He put me on 600mg a day! When I ended up in the Psych Ward, he was baffled and asked, "WHY would you take twice the recommended dose?  Are you suicidal???"  When I showed him the prescription, he blamed me for confusing him... Huh???

OK, yes, Dr. Bob Bob does have some traits of those few who claim they're "professional" but in the end are nothing more than unqualified Psychotherapists.  Dr. Bob Bob will give the best... self-serving, unethical, bizarre, advice.  You could almost think it sounds like true questions and answers.

To make the cartoon fun, each week I added a different question and look to Doctor Bob Bob.  Here are a few of the past Doc Bob Bob pictures...
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Chato B Stewart

Mental Health Humor's Very First Cartoon as a Psych Central Blogger


It's been quite a while since I've drawn a NEW Mental Health Humor cartoon! Over the past year, I've been focusing on teaching myself how to draw caricatures for the Cartoon-a-thon (and waiting for the right opportunity.)  That opportunity came at the right time -- here at Psych Central -- our new home for the Mental Health Humor blog.

As I mentioned in my last post, my biggest highlight was being part of the annual DBSA Comedy Show as a stand-up comic in the Stand-Up For Mental Health Comedy Show. It's been a month since the night I stood up on stage.  I even received an award that I'm very proud of...sitting on my desk!  This is the inspiration of today's cartoon.  (Poking a little fun at myself.)  Although, I don't really stand and hover over my so-called shrine like I do in this cartoon...Nope, I have my LAZY chair right next to it -- so, I can sit!!

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Caricature

What an AWESOME 2010 Mental Health Awareness Month Cartoon-a-thon!!!

What an AWESOME 2010 Mental Health Awareness Month Cartoon-a-thon!!!  First, I want to thank all the heroes from the bottom of my heart for being brave enough to let me draw them!!! We had so many Mental Health Heroes, I felt bad I was only able to draw 31.  I want to "thank" all the heroes for their support and for making this cartoon-a-thon such a success!!!  (Keep up the great work all Heroes...you make a difference!!!)  As I mentioned in past posts, I only started teaching myself to draw caricatures over the last year.  Mostly, from online resources and a few books.  I did take an hour class once but it was real basic; plus an hour drive.

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Anger and Rage

My Wife, My Love, My Trigger

I received this comment on the post Five Steps to Overcoming Anger by W. Robert Nay, PhD. I was quoting the doctor's 5 steps. Then, I added my own twist with a few of my past cartoons.
You make overcoming anger seem easy. When my spouse gets angry he gets loud and in my face, grabs me. I always keep a calm voice but it doesn’t seem to calm him down. I tell him to walk away and he won’t. He keeps repeating and belittleing me , our conversation gets nowhere. HELP - Comment on "Five Steps to Overcoming Anger" post.

I replied:
W. Robert Nay, PhD wrote the five steps. I quoted him and added my cartoons.

I deal with rage and anger issues. When I snap, I get to a point where it is dangerous. I’ve never put a hand on my wife, but when I would yell, it would get scary… and that is putting it mildly.

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