Archives for July, 2012
Back in May, I had my Mental health Heroes cartoon-a-thon, and I filled my days with drawing some very amazing people/heroes! I had to put a few things on the "back-burners" for a while. This was one of the things I wanted to share, and it is something you can get in on, too. It's the suicide prevention "Reasons to Call" photo campaign: Whether you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend, or need emotional support, there are a million of reasons to call the Lifeline. We asked people to make a sign telling others why they should call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or why they have called themselves. Message on Facebook. Write a note about why someone should call the hotline. I got to be a part of National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255), and they posted my photo on their page.
"Social cue is a psychological term used to describe the non-verbal hints to guide conversation." This is now one of my favorite cartoons I've drawn! Yes, it's a "Jeux de mots" (French for "play on words"). I wish I could see your reaction, so I can gauge your social cues on how you like the cartoon. If it's a puzzled facial reaction, then your social cue would tell me you don't get the joke. Rolling your eyes would indicate to me you think the gag is too simplistic. If that is the case, you may want to read over my last post (Superiority Theory). There are a few play-on-words within the cartoon, including references to pool and billiard cues. Players and Mcdermott are two of the best pool cues manufactured, so is Cuetec. People who play pool might pick up on this joke.
Do you laugh when someone falls? Come on, be honest, you have to admit sometimes it can be funny...well, unless you are not in on the joke and the laughter is directed at you or your mistake/slip-up! Yes, there is a term for this kind of humor. It's called Superiority Theory, and it's when you take pleasure and mirth in the demise of others. In short, it's the type of jokes that make others the butt of the humor, by teasing, by making fun of, and/or bullying. It can all fall under this type of “foul play.” (Did you catch that idiom…Oh, you didn't? Then you must be an idiot…) THAT is an example of superiority theory humor! Mop: Ever stop to think of the pain we cause people??? I think we cause more messes then we clean up... Bucket: Sure, but there is nothing funnier than watching people slip and fall! That is why YouTube exists... Caption: Questioning the Superiority Theory in Humor
I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Summer Beretsky for taking the time and effort to make four awesome video blog posts (vlogs) at Psych Central's World of Psychology for the May's 2012 Mental Health Heroes! I have already heard back from the heroes you reviewed, Summer, and they were thrilled to be included in the unique videos. I was very impressed by the professionalism conveyed in your videos. Something I could never have done. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
The pen/pencil is mightier than the sword. In this case, it is mightier than Xanax! That is the conclusion of Dr.Fred Sheftell, MD, from the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, CT. While this home cure was more for headaches, it also simultaneously may help reduce stress or anxiety. Take your everyday #2 school pencil (the color does not matter) and place it evenly between your teeth as if it was a bone in a dog's mouth. Here is the KEY, says Dr. Shefttell, "Put a pencil between your teeth but don't bite." Just hold it with your teeth… “clench your jaw and teeth; this strains the muscle that connects your jaw to your temples and can trigger a tension headache…you automatically relax your jaw muscle to do this, which can prevent the pain.” Okay I just did it and, well, I do feel something besides the pencil - I feel a bit calmer. But it could be because I know how it ought to make me feel. Next time I feel anxious and I have a pencil, I will have to test it out again. I give this Home Cure 2 out of 5 stars.
Anger is one of the most explosive emotions we humans have in our repertoire of feelings. How we handle anger says a lot about who we are as people. Do we get mad and basically blow the top of our heads off, yelling and screaming like a banshee* to blow off steam? Or do we hold it inside and let it build up till one day we implode? Yes, I truly believe there are two types of angry people...Explosive and implosive! It's like in the 2003 Adam Sandler movie "Anger Management," when Dr. Buddy Rydell (played by Jack Nicholson) says: "Dave, there are two kinds of angry people in this world: explosive and implosive. Explosive, which is the most common, is the type of individual you see screaming at a grocery store cashier for not taking his coupon. Implosive, the least common, is the cashier at the store who remains quiet at his job day after day until he then finally loses it and just shoots everyone in the store. You're the cashier." Both types of anger have devastating affects on our mental and physical health. Many atrocities have occurred while in the grips of an angry rage. Therefore, controlling our anger is not just about bringing us peace of mind; it can also have long-lasting health benefits.
Then there were three! Yes, Summer Beretsky, contributing video blogger (vlogger) at PsychCentral's World of Psychology blog reviews six more mental health heroes from May's 2012 Mental Health Heroes Cartoon-A-Thon; totaling 24 of the Mental Health Month's heroes. I want to THANK her for taking the time to do the videos! I can't wait to see her next segment. In this video below, she highlights: Charles Sakai, Keith Mahar, Gayle Bluebird, Steve Moeller, Maureen Fifer and Dr. Ryan Niemiec. Take special note of the drawing in the background...it is a clue as to who will be in the last segment of Summer's videos. Do you know who it is? If you guessed Summer, then you're correct. It was drawn by my 6-year-old for her. In fact, that is one of the unique and special features of the 2012 Mental Health Heroes caricatures. Each hero was not only drawn by me, but my kids, ages 6, 9, 11 and 13 also WANTED to draw each of the heroes. Enjoy Summer's review and feel free to share the video.
Friday the 13th AGAIN??!! Yes, if you have Friggatriskaidekaphobia then today will not be your day...it's “Friday the 13th”! The good news is it is the last time Friday will fall on the 13th in 2012. Here are a few cartoons I've drawn about the 13th. I hope that if you suffer with Triskaidekaphobia that the cartoons might make today less anxious/fearful for you. Enjoy. What the Friggatriskaidekaphobia?! Friday the 13th AGAIN!
Labels hurt. We are surrounded by them and we even use them ourselves sometimes without thinking about it. They can be self-defeating thoughts. For example, when I stepped on the scale the other day and saw that I gained weight after a 45-day bout with a depressive episode...My first thought was I was a "fat, disgusting pig" and that "I was worthless for even thinking I could lose any wight." Dangers Of Labeling: You're STEW-PID I'm not worthless! At least not all the time, anyway. Throughout my childhood my father called me many different names...the one that hurt the most was being called stupid when he compared me to other children. "What's wrong with you, are you stupid or something?" or, "You have to be the dumbest S.O.B." My favorite was when he would call me names in front of my friends - good times, good family memories! The end result was I believed him. All I ever wanted was his approval, his commendation, his love... all I ever got was his abuse, his belt and his rage.
Okay, so it's no secret that I've been on a bit of down slope last past 45 days. Today, I came across www.whatsmym3.com. They have a free online psychological disorders test. I thought, "let me just take the test to see if the results match up with what I already know." Will my Depression line up with the "NON diagnostic instrument" online test? A score of 33 or greater means that your life may be impacted by a mood disorder. My results: 72... Here are the results of What Is My M3 test said about my "down slope": "Your responses on the depression scale indicate that there is over a 90% chance that you are suffering from Depression." Conclusion - This test seems to be right on the dot. Yes, dead center, hitting the nail straight on the head and pin pointed what I already knew... FEAR NOT... the good news is: I'm 10% happier than I was two weeks ago. :) Depressed Peer's Smart Phone Alert: BAD MOOD Alert - 90% Depressed...Positive Thought: You're 10% happier!! Caption: New Depression App with a Positive Psychology Twist
Video: Nine More Mental Health Heroes Reviewed by Summer Beretsky Meet them on Facebook below. https://www.facebook.com/psychcentral Video: Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Hero Caricatures (Part 2) Chato B Stewart Wife & Sister Barry Erdman Amy Ebbeson Lee Horbachewski says: "I am beyond touched Chato & Summer. Thank you for including me in this incredible group of Mental Health Heroes. BIG hugs ♥" John Grohol Tod Jurke Amanda Lucks Julie A. Fast Fan Page Julie A. Fast
As you know, May 2012 was Mental Health Awareness Month and the DBSA kicked off its six-month long project to help peers make a few changes. The program is called: “Positive Six Campaign!” I was privileged to be commissioned to draw a cartoon for each of the the +6 campaign months. I chose to use my other cartoon series: The Family Stew (where I draw about me personally and my family as we live with the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder among other issues.). In May, I had an opportunity to interview the key lead person for the DBSA “Positive Six Campaign” challenge. The idea or challenge for May was to "share a meal." In my cartoon, I did share a meal with my doctor in his office... I just did not know he didn't like to BBQ. Then June's challenge was to eliminate negative self-talk and I drew how I would bump him off. In the July cartoon, we become "a tourist in your own city." DBSA +6