Archives for May, 2011

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Dr. Deborah Serani Mental Health Hero

Dr. Deborah Serani 2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart

As a young girl, I always felt this looming sense of sadness. I remember feeling tired and sullen a good deal of the time when I was in school. These feelings didn’t get much better when I was at home either.

Like Eeyore, the glum little donkey from the Hundred Acre Wood, I was known as a sad-sack to friends and family. Unaware of what depression was or how to detect it, I descended into a Major Depressive Episode by the time I was in college.
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Joel Sax Mental Health Hero

Joel Sax 2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart

One morning in 1994, I woke up at the crack of dawn and told my wife “I am sick.” For years I avoided taking medications for my depression and anxiety. But there was this drug called Prozac and I was willing to give it a try. It cured me instantly.

11 years later, I texted my wife with my last will and testament, then agreed to check into a hospital where I promptly berated the staff for not delivering my diabetes meds on schedule. My doctor asked “Has anyone told you that you might be bipolar?”

Today I run Bipolar_Blogs on Twitter & Pax Nortona at http://paxnortona.notfrisco2.com/.

My wife and I have decided that I will not accept Social Security as long as there are others who need it more.
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2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart
Hi Chato, Thank you for spotlighting so many great people as mental health heroes!
My story is not just about me, but about my family and the ways we’ve been affected by mental illness. I’ll start with my kids because my most important role is helping them to achieve and maintain wellness independently.
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Charles Sakai Mental Health Hero

Charles Sakai  2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart

My mental health journey began in the mists of history, back in the day when Freudian psychoanalysis was the leading form of therapy, mental hospitals were used as a threat to keep children in line, and effective psychotropic medications were few and far between.

When one of my sisters committed suicide in 1971, it became a wake-up call for me.
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Brian Wetzel Mental Health Hero

Brian Wetzel 2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart That Voice in the Wilderness is Laughing: Reclaiming Joy from Depression
Brian Wetzel
Professional stand-up comedian and speaker

Drawing on his personal experience with depression, stand-up comic, Brian Wetzel, will take you on a unique journey of laughter, truth, and hope—sharing ways to keep living, learning, laughing, and surviving.

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Writer/Performer, Brian Wetzel has over fifteen years of experience ...
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Richard-Yves Sitoski Mental Health Hero

Richard-Yves Sitoski 2011 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon by Chato Stewart
According to the Japanese proverb, “Protruding nails get hammered down.”  Well, I’m 50% protruding nail, 50% hammer!

When the system tries to gloss over issues which should be dealt with, I stick out and try to snag somebody’s attention.  And when things are too bristly, I work to flatten out the rough spots.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Dani Borderline Z Mental Health Hero

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Dani Borderline Z Mental Health Hero

Dani Z is a mental health consumer and advocate. She uses YouTube and social media to raise awareness about mental health issues and to eliminate the stigma associated with them.
In her video blog Dani talks about her life and living with borderline personality disorder along with other mental health issues. The only intent she had when she started out with her video blog was just to have a place to vent but it has turned into something more than that. It is a way that she raises awareness about mental health issues by teaching people about the symptoms and struggles she faces. Her video blog is also a way for Dani to end the stigma around mental illness by being herself on camera and showing world that people with mental illness are just regular people.
Dani Z is very open and honest about her ups and downs but she always stays recovery focused. She tells her viewers about her experiences and shares tips and advice that has helped her.

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Dr John M Grohol Mental Health Hero

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Dr John M Grohol Mental Health Hero

Once again this year Dr. John Grohol makes our Mental health hero list!  Would I be lying if I say it's because I blog for Psych Central and I wanted to win a for points for myself. No, I wouldn't be lying at all!
The fact is Dr. Grohol has been an inspiration to me personally and the network has become my own little haven for support.  Yes the support from fellow bloggers and the many different aspects to the network are keys to my recovery. here are a few examples:


All About Psychotherapy


Education in Psychology


Encyclopedia of Psych


Internet addiction


Mental Health Library


Psychological Testing


Mood Tracker


Sanity Score


Borderline Test

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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

One Week Left of Mental Health Awareness Month

Originally Post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor ©2011
Mental Health Awareness month is coming to a close.  I'm a bit behind with the Cartoon-A-Thon drawing mental health heroes.  I was away that DBSA Conference and this put me behind...  I'm still getting caught up  with my regular work and will be back drawing ASAP.
Until then let me share a few more Mental health heroes I drew at the 2nd Annual “Live Happily…Walk for Healthy Minds” Walk to raise Awareness for Mental Health (See Sponsors below).
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Super Heroes

I'm back... from the DBSA Conference!  I was unable to log in due to restriction the Hotel had on their WiFi service; I couldn't even check my e-mail or log into Facebook!   On top of that, I had my return flight canceled...so, I arrived home much later than anticipated.  I have a lot of video and photos yet  to organize.  Once I do, I'll share it with everyone.
Until then, I would like to share this video Poem by my new friend, Laura Burke.  Here is her bio:

Laura Burke suffered from depression for most of her life, until she found the theatre.  Laura was diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder in 2005, which robbed her of the ability to feel any emotion except anxiety and fear, and her acting career was halted in its tracks. After spending a year debating whether or not she would be able to continue with theatre, she finally began to create again.  She saw a drama therapist, painted, began writing poetry and joined a theatre troupe. Finally, years later, after surrounding herself with a supportive network and following a creative path once again, her brain and her heart have begun to heal.
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APA Mental Health Month Blog Day

Bipolar Dad: Out of the Mouth of My Children

Today, May 18th, 2011 is a very special day here at Psych Central! Collectively, many of the bloggers will be posting personal stories of their recovery during the day long Blog party.

I thought I would take a different approach and let my 4  kids draw a caricature of me.  Then tell you about me and my mental illness from their vantage point and in their own words (with a little help typing it up from Mom.) This post, I'll call "Bipolar Dad: Out of the Mouth of My Children."  I figured it would be simple, but it turned out to be very enlightening... letting them draw me, then color their works of art in and write a story to tell you about their Dad.

We'll start with my oldest LP. He just turned 12 and loves drawing, Star Wars, Legos, Pizza and reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Here is his caricature of me.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Cinda Johnson Mental Health Hero for Mental Health Month

Originally Post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor ©2011
Cinda Johnson Mental Health Hero


Although I teach about mental health conditions and disabilities in my work as a professor in special education, I have learned that it is far more difficult than I ever imagined for a mother to watch her daughter spiral into suicidal depression and through the many other symptoms that accompany bipolar disorder. I did not expect to spend time in psychiatric units with my daughter while teaching a class on emotional and behavior disorders. I believe that it is only through the support of our family and friends and the amazing care of the doctors, nurses and counselors that we are all here today.
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