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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

International Symbol of Peace Updated

Mental Health Humor Cartoon by Chato Stewart
In my last blog post "Share The International Symbol of Peace" a few people were confused with my red international symbol of peace design/ T-shirt.  A few people thought how could Target (their logo is a red bull's-eye) bring peace on earth?  Well, the truth is I wasn't even thinking of...
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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

IT is Another BIPOLAR Day


Bird: >>>poop<<<<Dog: >>>Pee'ed<<<Sign: >>>Pointing every where - RECOVERY????<<<<Flower: >>> HAPPY <<<Caption: Just another Bipolar Day
I'm going to let the cartoon speak for me in this   It drew it as art therapy. I think it is self explanatory. Ever  have one of "those" days. Today is that day for Well, misery loves...
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Kmart Stigmatizes Children With Mental Illness – Selling Offensive T-shirts

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Today, like every Sunday, I opened the newspaper to see what was new in the world. Then I checked out what was on sale, going through the flyers of local, brand-name stores.  Today, I was shocked at the advertisement in a K-mart flyer.

On the Family Denim Event page, dead center of the layout, was Juniors' tees being sold for $9.89 with a message on the front so stigmatizing that I had to take a picture and post it in today's blog post.

Stigmatic expressions toward mental illness; what I would only have expected to see online has now gone mainstream!

On the first shirt it says, "I’M NOT CRAZY! MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS CAN PROVE IT!" And the second T-shirt said: "GONE CRAZY, BACK IN 5 Minutes.
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Is Your Mania like Visiting Shangri-La and Your Depression like Being in Davy Jones’s Locker?

"Shangri-La" is a mystical utopia paradise that does not exist...Well, unless you're Bipolar and have a lot of manic episodes.  This utopia can quickly turn into mania and you may feel the endless energy; filled with what the French call "Joie de vivre" or Joy of Life, we may be in a constant elation.  While this is not true of all mania, it sure does sum up a lot my manic episodes.  Although, that was when I was in my teens and early twenties.

Then my time in Shangri-La La land turned more into Hypomania. It was still characterized by persistent and pervasive elevated euphoric times but the irritable mood, rapid thoughts and "eccentric" behavior took the forefront.  My moods became more and more of a mixed state. That is when the Depression like being in Davy Jones's Locker took hold.  I would be able to deal with it for some time without being medicated.  Mostly because I did not know what I was dealing with so I just self- medicated the blues away with Canadian Mist (whiskey).  That lead to other problems which is very often the case when you self-medicate.  My behavior was getting more and more violent and I walked around like a ticking time bomb.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Month Heroes 2011 Cartoon-a-thon: Part 2

Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Mental Health Heroes
I got the month off on the right foot, drawing 11 heroes and their children at my local NAMI walk. I wrote about this day in my post entitled: Mental Health Matters – Mental Health Heroes.
I was honored once again to have this blog post mentioned on Psych Central's World of Psychology blog:
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Pear to Pear Support: End to Start October

Words of the Wisdomless: End to Start:
"It's only at the end we find a new beginning.  Since everything ends and everything begins then why bother starting only to finish and have to start all over... It's bit redundant to me."
It's October in just a short few hours away. Gosh, I wish I had something inspiring to say but that is not the mood I'm in right now.  Let me share with you one of my favorite cartoons.  It's good for days like today when you're feeling like things are NOT going right. 
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Nothing Makes Me Feel More Worthless and Just Stupid Than My Spelling

Man, there is nothing that makes me feel more worthless and just stupid than my spelling and grammar! When you read my blogs, you might not think I have a major problem.  In reality, it took me years to improve my basic writing skills.  I’m dyslectic!  That diagnosis was given me back in 1979.  Today, I think it would have been ADHD.  Reading and writing is a CHORE for me!!

Even now, my spell check has given up on me!  To understand the embarrassment and horror, you would really have to walk in my shoes...In a world powered by data and information, it's "crucial" to express yourself clearly in the writer world.  When I was 13, my reading level was only 3rd grade. It didn't help that while growing up, my father called me "stupid" and belittled me at every chance!  It’s no wonder I’m crazy!

I remember this one time, while he asked me to spell one word… He made me sit on a chair for 8 hours until I could spell it! Once I spelled it correctly, he made me spell it out loud over and over again… I was ten; the word “information.”
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health and Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders


Cartoon-A-Thon’s  Mental Health Hero: UPDATE
It's the 22nd!  Yes, we are coming to the last few miles of mental health awareness.  I planned on drawing all week but due to work and some kind of jaw/tooth pain, I've been sidelined until today.  For the last few weeks, the pain came and went.  I went to the doctor yesterday cause...OUCH, the pain was so severe!!  I've always had a high tolerance to pain.  Well, when you consider my past issues with cutting and branding, you  have be able to take what you're dishing out to yourself.  Still, constant building pain can be overwhelming...meaning, I want this pain over with and fast!!  I know a lot of you reading this understand what I'm talking about first hand.

Now, I'm at the doctor's office and right off the bat she tells me, 'my symptoms sound like TMJ.'  I have to get a CAT scan to rule it out.  Other issues could be a tooth thing and then another possibility... (She did not specify since she did not have all the facts)  I'm thinking cancer but she assured me, most likely, it's TMJ.

I found this info on a website about TMJ.  When I read the symptoms, I had and "AHAAA" moment.  I bolded all of the symptoms I've experienced over the past few weeks.  This is not the first time I've dealt with this thing. It's just the first time the pain was off the scale!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

How Much Time Does It REALLY Take to Draw a Few Cartoons?

Have you wondered why I volunteered to draw 31 cartoons (caricatures) for my Cartoon-a-Thon’s Mental Health Awareness Month Project??  Someone questioned me the other day as to why I volunteer so "little" time toward mental health advocacy.  Implying drawing these cartoons and caricatures could never match her 3 hours a week of volunteering at a local mental health service (names withheld to protect the uninformed).

I’m not on SSI and have to work even when I’m symptomatic! I have to push through the depression or mania to make sure my wife and 4 children have food and we have a roof over our heads.  Sometimes, it does not always work out so smoothly! For example, my cartoon below, reflects what a few of my mental health movements consisted of… Me moving!!
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