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 …
Did you ever play Hungry Hungry Hippos? If you can’t remember, then you might have something wrong with your Hippocampus.
According to Wikipedia this “is a major component of the brains of humans and other mammals. It belongs to the limbic system and plays important roles in long-term memory and spatial navigation. Like the cerebral cortex, with which it is closely associated, it is a paired structure, with mirror-image halves in the left and right sides of the brain. In humans and other primates, the hippocampus is located inside the medial temporal lobe, beneath the cortical surface.”
I can remember playing this game with my sister and younger brother and I know I enjoyed it.
A comment from “depression survivor” on the post Which Came First — Obesity or Depression?? and [part 2] gave me a lot to think about! I want to say “Thank You!” and answer a question with a couple ‘toons.
“How much do you exercise? For me being active daily, including intense exercise several times a week, is essential for both my depression and weight management. I also take Wellbutrin which helps with weight loss. I swim, walk briskly for several hours at a time, lift weights, and do machines at the gym. I personally believe that exercise is a powerful antidepressant in and of itself and well help you lose weight obviously. (and treat your metabolic syndrome).”
You are so RIGHT about the power of exercise to help reduce Depression! I am happy to say I’m down 20 lbs… And I’m working on implementing a REAL exercise routine. Here are a couple cartoons that I’ve drawn about the subject: