Archives for November, 2010

Medications

For TEMPORARY USE ONLY–Fix-A-Mood

Fix A Flat - Fix A Mood Beer For Temporary Use Only I was working with my new therapist a few weeks back when we both made jokes about fix-a-flat. The end joke was the cartoon above on how to fix-a-mood! While many people often use alcohol and/or other illegal mood-altering drugs to self-medicate, I want to make it CLEAR that I "personally" don't condone this type of  temporary solution. Now, I'm not a prude who says to NEVER self-medicate, since I've done it myself in the past and it may seem like an "easy" solution, but it really doesn't solve anything and can make more problems in the long haul!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

My Daughter’s Favorite Pet Goldfish Guppy Goop Died [part 2]

This is a continuation of my last post.  You may want to read Guppy Goop Died [Part 1] first.  But to summarize, my 7 year old's pet died and we froze it in the freezer till we /she could take a photo of it and mourn her pet in her own way. Dr. Harold Cohen, Ph.D. says in his article Children and the Death of a Pet. "There is no best way for children to mourn their pets. They need to be given time to remember their pets. It helps to talk about the pet with friends and family. Mourning a pet has to be done in a child’s own way. After a pet has died, children may want to bury the pet, make a memorial, or have a ceremony." This brings me to today's post... let's see we left off in the last post... I was able to find my digital and I wanted to share with you 3 photos that almost made me cry!!  Without any help from me or Mom, my big girl took photos and said good bye to her favorite Goldfish, Guppy Goop, in a ceremony fit for a king.
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Chato B Stewart

My Daughters Favorite Pet Goldfish Guppy Goop Died [part 1]

My 7 year old daughter's favorite pet Goldfish, Guppy Goop, died last week!  It was an emotional day for her while I did my "best" to try to keep the little guy alive.  I feel so bad because it was my fault. I changed the water in her 6 gallon tank.  We have 12 Goldfish and 2 Filter Crabs in the tank. The staff at my local PetMart are amazed they are alive at all.  For 6 gallons they tell me it's good for 3 or 4 goldfish at most.   We've had 12 for the last 4 months, and they are getting big!  Turns out when I changed the water, I might have "inadvertently" shocked the fishes' system...We lost 4 within a half hour of the water change.  YES, I added the water conditioner and a tablet to remove other stuff. My Precious named her Goldfish Guppy Goop after an e-book I wrote and illustrated for my kids titled, Gu­ppy Goop & T­he Adventure­ of the Big ­Bad Fish.
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Mid-Night Insanity

Words Of The Wisdomless: Words

If I tell you that your value as a person is priceless, but you believe that to be valueless, then what I say becomes worthless words.

So, today, and every day, we need to truly think of how we see ourselves, then tell ourselves "we are worth more then that." I'll go first: pond scum. I am more valuable than pond Your turn!

-  Chato...
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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a Reality, in a Unreal Mind

Today, November 20, 2010 is Survivors of Suicide Day and I want to take a moment to write something from someone who has in his official mental health records"History of Multiple Suicide Attempts."  It was not till I saw that in writing that I really thought and understood what that really meant....  (I'm @#$%ed)  This isn't true, but at the time, I believed it to be. Suicide is a reality, in a unreal mind!  It is not to escape life!  At the time we feel suicidal, it seems like the only way to escape our minds, our deep inner pains that seem at the time to be killing us.  There are many reasons for us not to do it!  But walk in the shoes of a suicidal mind and you will quickly learn that our reasoning center of our mind is distorted. Trapped, cornered, scared, not from death but from life. It is a scary time and if the signs are not noticed and help received then the end is suicide!  There is hope, there is recovery!!  No matter how bleak and dark life looks right now, you have to hear and believe ...it will get better with you here not gone!!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

We Can Help Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) Win $250,000 From Pepsi!

CABF is competing for a $250,000 grant from The Pepsi Refresh Project during the month of November. The winners will be decided by popular vote. CABF needs your votes every day this month! We have a chance to help the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation get a grant of $250,000. A grant just by voting for them... That is money that will go to help children who will grow up understanding mental illness - not like us, who were left in the wind to fight our own fight alone!! 
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Chato B Stewart

Change the FACE of Men’s Health by Growing a Moustache for Prostate Cancer and Depression

Did you know? - In 2010 tragically more than 32,000 men will die as a direct result of prostate cancer. November has become Movember (Mo= moustache) to raise money for research into prostate cancer and depression. The goal of Movember is to "change the FACE of Men's Health."  Since co-occurring illnesses effect our mental health as well as our physical health, I thought I would give my full effort to being part of this "growing movement."
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2010 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Year One of BringChange2Mind with Glenn To Close

Title: Glenn To Close A year ago on October 21, 2009 Glenn and Jessie Close launched the first anti-stigma Public Service Announcement (PSA) from BringChange2Mind. The 30-second PSA that aired on Comcast, Fox Networks, Lifetime, Time Warner Cable and a variety of local affiliates made a great impact on the Mental health Community. Ron Howard at the camera and John Mayer's song "Say" in the background really added to this powerful message.
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2010 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Mental Health Service Dogs

Dog Owner:Yah... My old lady got me this service dog. SHE said he’ll FIT right into our Family! Dog: Rowr Snarl Title: Mental Health Service Dogs The mental health benefits of companion animals isn’t a novel idea. In the fall issue of Esperanaza magazine, the focus is to give hope to cope with anxiety and depression . One of the articles is about The Power of Pets by Donna Jackel:
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2010 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

2 Out of 8 Men Have Uncontrolled Anger Issues… Can You Pick Them Out?

Dealing with anger is an important part of recovery.  Since anger is associated with most, if not all, mental health disorders, how we deal with it can effect our treatment plan. We need to understand anger issues, this is the example in today's Mental Health Humor Psychology Cartoons.  NOT all angry people are "obviously" mad and angry all the time!  We my fall into the category of Mild or Serious Anger Issues; where we may struggle not to lose our temper daily, but can go from cold to hot tempered in a flash!
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Mr Potato Head

Why Do I Have So Much Inner Hate, Self-Loathing and Low Self-Esteem?

Mr. Potato Head: Why Do I Have So Much Inner Hate? In therapy this week, we broached the subject of my self-loathing.  Although it's not the correct terminology since the term "self-hatred" or "self-loathing" is more often refereed to by psychologists and psychiatrists who would usually describe people who hate themselves as "persons with low self-esteem." Self-hatred and shame is a large factor in my mental health diagnosis. One I've struggled with as long as I can remember.  It's only the second time, during any type of therapy, that I'm focusing on it with a view to changing my own misperception.  My Autophobia, is a self-fear that I may one day like myself!  I'm happy to say that I've been able to work through a lot of the self-loathing but that is a day-to-day fight.
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