Kelly Babcock 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
I wasn’t always that concerned with the welfare of people with mental health issues. I wasn’t actually aware that people with mental health issues needed anyone to be concerned for their welfare.
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// forced” myself out and forced myself to get involved in some of the games.
Was I sweating bullets in my head? Yes! Was I worried, anxious and getting a bit paranoid? Yes! Did I have a panic attack? No! Did I have fun? Yes! Am I glad the picnic is yearly…YES!
Basket Ball Player: Old dude… the score is 20 zip! Ya-wan-me to jest hand you the ball?
Chato Stewart: [sweating and playing basket ball] [Chato's girl cheering for Dad]
Caption: the younger generation respecting their elders
Chato’s Cartoon Notes:
This cartoon I’m giving a shout out to my favorite basketball player and his number 23. Growing up, I dreamed that one day I would be able to dunk the ball once. The closest I ever got was dunking donuts.
Mental Health Humor Cartoon by Chato Stewart
Title: Mental Health History: Why is it the more you need help…
Sign 1: Year 1 – 1 Diagnosis – 1 medication – but InsuredSign 2: Year 3 – 3 Diagnoses – 3 medications – COBRA Ins.Sign 3: Year 6 – 4 Diagnoses – 5 medications – Lost InsuranceSign 4: Year 10 – 6 Diagnoses – 12 medications – Broke!Caption: The less money YOU have
Our “mental health history” can be very simple or extremely complicated. Each person has different psychological and biological make-up that includes our background and life experiences that together make-up a full history. Diagnosing and the successful treatment of depression, bipolar disorder or the host of other “mental illnesses” sometimes is trial and error. For me, it was not hard to get into the ball-park for my diagnosis as bipolar.
The problem was nailing it down. See I started out as Bipolar Depressed, then to Rapid Cycling then to mix state then back to bipolar 2…Over the last 10 years, I’ve been labeled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar II disorder — also known as manic depression,Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Major depressive disorder (MDD, deliberate self-harm (DSH) includes self-injury (SI), and Binge eating disorder (BED).
It was even hinted to me that I could have Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and schizo-affective disorder. The problem is with EACH NEW Therapist, Doctor and Psychologist, I saw came with an updated diagnosis. Am I alone in this?? Nope! Here is the experience of my Friend and Facebook pal, Kristi Goldsberry, CPSS, ITE Peer Support Specialist:
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 31 in the midst of a full blown manic episode for which I was hospitalized for a month. I had known for a while that something was wrong, and had made appointments with psychiatrists a couple of times after one of my “weird” episodes. But when I …