Archives for July, 2011

Medications

Psych Meds: ‘A Necessary Evil’ Or A Magic Pill?

Pill: [skull and bones]

Title: Psych Meds 'a Necessary Evil'.

Psych Meds: 'a necessary evil' or a magic pill?
The answer to this question comes down to the individual. My recovery started with a slue of medications being thrown at me. The first year of "getting professional help" felt more like I was a pincushion or guinea pig.

Over the years, I like most, have gotten to a point where I wanted to give up on meds. For me, it was not due to the side-effects, it was the cost.  I know what I'm like without medication.  I know how my reality gets twisted to a point where my family suffers.  After a period of being off meds for 2 years (my wife calls that time "two nightmare years on earth.") we agreed that I need to stay compliant. Well, it was more like "if you don't take your meds, I'm fleeing." 
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

The Hard Truth About Taking Medications

Medic Pill: Bravo one, this is tango four, I've located Prozac 24... Still not sign of the Wellbutrin XL!
Title: The Hard Truth About Taking Medications


The Hard Truth About Taking Medications
This cartoon is more of an illustration made up of 3 different cartoon segments.  I've had the idea for over a year.  I  just did not have the skill set to bring it all together in a way that would convey my vision of what happens to meds when we take them.
Yes, the hard truth about taking medications is that the capsules are going to one of the harshest environments known to man...the human xtomach!  I started thinking about what happens to our meds once we swallow them.  So after a year, this is the cartoon that popped out.
I could go on and on about the Prozac and Wellbutrin and all the ups and downs about these meds, but, then you would miss the joke.  :)
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

When Positive Psychology Fails

Acorn: Aww, would-ya look at that... It's a family of Squirrels... Oh, Look at that, They're building their nest right above us...

Title: When Positive Psychology Fails

When Positive Psychology Fails
What do we do when all our Mental Health Positive Psychology Fails?  Even the most positive people have bad days that require them to adjust their thinking a bit... Not every cloud is filled with Happiness – No Silver Lining in this Cloud!

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Chato B Stewart

Words Of The Wisdomless: Life Quotes To Live By

"Never be afraid to ask for help."  This is important in life and  is one of Chato's Life Quotes To Live By:
Words Of The Wisdomless: Life -
"If you wish you could do it all over again... then, you didn't learn a thing!"

I find I learn more from my failures then by my successes.  It's like my own recovery,  each time I fail I am able to avoid that trigger or situation the next time around.  I guess you could say, my recovery is made up on nothing but failures. Here is a few more Life Quotes To Live By.
Words Of The Wisdomless: Candy -
"Fill your candy jars with your failures so when you succeed you can taste how sweet is victory."

Words Of The Wisdomless: Recovery
"I will concentrate on my own recovery, always moving ahead no matter how many small steps forward it takes! Although, if you want to give me a ride on your back, that'll work too."

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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

BUSTED – Her Appetite for Prescription Fraud is OVER!


Lucy: What do you mean you can't fill my  prescription any more??? I've been writing these for years....

Title: It was the blue crayon the finally put the end to Lucy's prescription fraud.

BUSTED - Formally from the Charlie Brown peanuts gang, Lucy's appetite for prescription fraud is OVER!  Lucy was always dealing out advice without any training and writing prescription for anyone for the right amount of nickles. Here is a list of 6 things to look for in a fraudulent prescription.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

What Do You Do To Cope When You Are Facing Depression?

Chato: I Can't Be Depressed... I'm a Guy!

What Do You Do To Cope When You're Facing Depression?
What do you do to cope when you're facing depression?  Some find exercising helpful and science backs that up with studies showing it can reduce depression up to 50%, if you do it for more then 20 minutes a day.  Others writer in journals, blogs, and social media update on Facebook and Twitter.  Yes, by detailing our feelings in words helps us deal with emotional periods and to find comfort... even if no one ever reads it!
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Is That Really Art Therapy?


Police Officer: Graffiti is not art therapy

Art Therapy is the use of art and creative therapy expression to build a deeper connection to our feelings and well-being through our artistic expression.  This self-knowledge is based on accessing our "right-brain" and is helpful in identifying and controlling our emotion, leading to healing.  For me, i just love to draw... Even if it's graffiti!
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Sunday Stew: Beach Day

Precious : Ba-ba-ba-BIRD!!!


Title: Children are the outboard motors on flotation devices
Going to the beach is so therapeutic for our family! You would think that living in Florida gives us the opportunity to go the beach daily…Well, when we lived in Sarasota that was true, until the red-tide caused my kids' asthma to go into over-drive.

We had to move more inland and away from the break out areas. Yes, it worked, but now we are close to the habor that goes into the mangrove wet lands/marsh. The water is murky and tea colored. We don’t go to the local beach much but every now and again we take a trip to the Englwood beach. It’s not Siesta Key Beach but it’s close.

I think we will have to make a plan to get back to that beach soon.
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Facing Us Video Contest


When I won the 1st place in the DBSA 2009 Facing Us Video Contest, I could not of envisioned/believed how much positive empowerment that little video would bring myself and others. The truth is... I thought after I got the prize money that would be the end of the video.

Not so fast!  That video helped me get to my first DBSA conference in 2010... Being there lead me to being able to do Stand -up comedy for the first time... I thought, "cool" nothing else could come from the video right...?
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Chato B Stewart

What’s Your Story?

Today is a good day to relax and do some fishing with a friend... It's also a good time to reflect on our success in our own recovery... Here is something to think about, Our Story.  I wrote this a while back but it still has a lot of merit today.
Have you ever been depressed? Amber has and she relates how it felt: "The overwhelming stress was taking its toll. No one would talk to me. I had no clue what I was going to do! The mania was gone and the depression felt like someone had hold of me and was pushing me down. All the while, I was grabbing for some type of help, but it was getting dark, darker till all I could see was black. I would not be here today if it wasn't for..." "If it wasn't for...?" What was it that rescued Amber? We will never know unless she can have her experience heard; her story told!

You see as peers, our stories are more than just a fairytale. They are our life's blood! Our motivation and our history of our move into recovery. They empower, they inspire, they give hope to others dealing with the very same thing. Reading your story just might help us all work through the darkness. You can give hope! It’s so important for people to have others who can relate, understand and empathize with how mental disorders affect our lives! We all have a story to tell. Each one is unique and powerful... But unless you speak up, your story remains silent. Here is your “personal” opportunity to help others. Inspire and give hope to your peers!
Tell me your story.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Sunday Stew: Banking

Chato: How sweet, my four wonderful children are  greeting me at the door...
Kids: Lollipops


Title: How kids Relate to Banking
Banking has become a family affair for me and the kids.  It is one of the things I can do to get out out of the house. Getting out is hard for me, I just don't like being around people as much as I used to. I'm getting much better but I can go days and sometimes weeks before getting out of the house. 
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