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Did you playRed Rover, Red Roveras a child?  I know I did!  If you are not sure what this game is then this cartoon will make no sense to you.  Let me explain the rule of the game… Umm, no, let me summarize it instead.  Two groups of children on opposing sides form a wall linking their hands.  Then one calls someone on the other side to run through the wall yelling… RED ROVER…RED ROVER… send (name) right over! If they can’t break the link, then they become part of the opposing wall.

Well back in late January, I got an e-mail from one of my readers asking if I can “create a cartoon that says “Bipolar, Bipolar..let Sanity come over.” I got that from the child’s game. “Red Rover, Red Rover…let Susie come over.“  I told this reader (who asked to be anonymous) that I will try… I was not sure how to convey this reader’s concept, so I mixed it up and ADDED my own twist including a huge ProZac Pill. 

I thought it would make it funnier.  I kept the RED ROVER song the same so readers could understand the game, since I think there is another game called BUCK BUCK.  However, I don’t think that is the proper English name of the game.

There is a deeper issue here with this new cartoon.  One I call “Playing Mind Games.”  As a consumer of mental health medications, I have to tell you that for years, I thought I was a test experiment.  In a never ending game of Red Rover; looking for the right combo of meds that would help me be me again.  Happily, I’ve found that combination and things are “relatively” better.

Here is a little bit of Words of the WisdomlessWhen you’re playing the game of life like a game of red rover, red rover… Always ask for sanity to come over!”

Chato B Stewart

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PsychCentral (August 10, 2010)

CB Stewart (August 11, 2010)

Shivaram Maharjan (August 11, 2010)

    Last reviewed: 10 Aug 2010

APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2010). Medication Mind Games: Red ROVER, Red Rover [New Cartoon]. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 17, 2014, from


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