Archives for August, 2012

By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Getting Social – Do You Remember What You Write?

Do You Remember What You Write?

I read a post at the International Bipolar Foundation's blog today and thought, “WOW, this guy is talking to me.  He knows precisely how I feel!"

What I overlooked is the fact that I wrote the article a few weeks back!  I just plum forgot. That happens to me all the time.

Not that I’m saying I'm some kind of Pulitzer or Nobel writer. No, I know I'm not an AWESOME writer.  Although -- I Know I ROCK!!!   But that's a tic caused by my medications.

Nevertheless, when I get into that creative writing mood, I write from my heart. Many times my brain doesn't always get the memo on what I’ve written.

Does that ever happen to you?

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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

No Nuts Allowed — Just Mental Health Peers

Are you living with Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Schizophrenia or Social Phobia?  Or a host of other mood disorders or brain "dis-ease"? If so, then you are a peer.

In my world, you are more than a peer. You become a fruity-delicious and juicy PEAR! Bursting with empowerment for recovery.

What makes peers ready for recovery? Pear fruit ripens with age and needs sunlight and water to grow. You could liken this to the "Age of Understanding" our diagnosis. The sunlight would be shining a light on our diagnosis, and we grow as "peers" with knowledge. Sometimes, we are bitter like an unripened pear. This could be due to the mental health system or from other factors that are taking the joy out of finding recovery. It happens to all of us.

The key is not to let the outside world affect your main goal as a peer, which is to find the sweet nectar of your life and feast upon it!

Jump on in the salad bowl of life and let's make a fruit salad. No nuts allowed, just PEARS (peers).
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

The Calm Before The Storm

To my fellow peers in the path of the tropical storm/hurricane, I wish you a safe ride through this beast of a storm off our coast.  We're currently experiencing the calm before the storm with Isaac on our doorstep. It's starting to rain and the wind has picked up. The clouds are wildly whipping around and things are deteriorating.

I'm watching Florida Governor Rick Scott talk on TV,; yesterday he declared a state of emergency and now they are putting resources into place.  In our area, the biggest concern is rain and wind.

The storm is moving west and looks like it will be a category two hurricane when it hits land late Monday or Tuesday.  What does all this do to my mood?
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

You Are Too Oversensitive

I admit, YES! It's true. I can take things WAY too personally. Am I paranoid or just oversensitive?  Between you and me, I think it's both!

Being sensitive is not a bad thing, right???  As with MOST peers living with Bipolar Disorder, SOME OF US tend to "take things to the extreme."

My wife Joan Winifred says, about me and my oversensitive moods, that I take things to the extreme. "Call me a joker, call me a fool, Right at this moment I'm totally cool," says Billy Joel's song, I Go To Extremes.

Thus, me being overly-sensitive should not surprise anyone.

I still am not sure how much of this sensitivity is paranoia and how much is me taking issues out of context and taking it too personally. Over the years, I have seen great leaps and bounds in my acceptance of things I would often take WAY too personal.  Was it due to some therapy breakthrough?  Or magic pill via medication?

NOPE, it was actually about 18 years ago during a lunch break back when a friend said something like:
“Chato, I’ve known you a long time and I just want to let you know that you can dish it more than you can take it.”

Danny: >>>Cough -Cough-Cough<<<<<

Caption: Dude like you are too oversensitive
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

RIP Milton Hill: Police Shoot 46 Times, Killing Mentally Ill Man

RIP- Milton Hill -  Police Shoot 46 Times, Killing Mentally Ill Man in Saginaw, Michigan.

This story has a video connected to it, but I don't recommend watching it... MAJOR TRIGGER!  I can't write about it; it's too emotionally disturbing and I'm just way too upset to talk about it.  All I could do was draw.

I hope one of the other bloggers here at PsychCentral can give this story real justice.  There should never be a reason to shoot anyone 46 times. Mr. Hill made the fatal error - you don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

Here is the CNN Link -- again, I don't recommend you watch the video, but read the story.

Shooting Range sign: Saginaw Michigan Crisis Intervention Team Training
Message: <<<< RIP Milton Hill >>>>>
Caption: Reason #46 to Visit Saginaw: Low Mental Illness ratio

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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

Are You Looney?

Taz is an animated cartoon character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons.

Mr. Potato Head: So, You’re a Looney Tune...I see nothing LOONEY about you... Hey, why are You salivating...
Taz: <<<< licking his lips and salivating >>>>>
Caption: He’s carnivorous but also likes “fries with that" too!

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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Stopping Medication – A Near-Death Experience

Have you ever stopped taking your medication against your doctor's advice? (or stopped without consulting your doctor?)  I have and it almost cost me my life.

Why do people stop taking their meds??? Is it due to Medication Side-Effects?  Are Psych Meds A Necessary Evil?  Do people stop because of Sexual Dysfunction, or is it due to weight-gain or too much WEIGHT LOSS?

Do the Horrors Of Medications make you want to stop?  Or do you see the real value of staying compliant and fighting through the side-effect to give the meds a chance to work? That got me wondering. So I created a poll.  Let me know what you think.

[polldaddy poll=6458603]
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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

Hazmat was Called in to Stop the Infection

"Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing."~ Mark Twain
What is the most contagious thing you can catch that is good for your health?  Laughter!  We've all heard the expression that laughter is the best medicine.  That is being backed up by more and more research.  A few things that are coming to the forefront on the power of mirth is the type of humor that brings the most benefit.

Humor theories (yes, that is a real term) dictate that humor is multifaceted; humor and laughter are qualitatively different. Humor brings a cognitive response and laughter brings a physical response.  Both have the power to spread.

Think about it, when was the last time you heard a giggle or a laugh that did not pique your ear or start you laughing? Yes, laughter is an infection. Better call in Hazmat!

Box: (written: Mental health humor - Chato Stewart)
Caption: HazMat Was Called in to Stop The Laughter Infection

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