Archives for Medications
First, take a good look at this Mental Health Humor cartoons series, The Family Stew. That's me and my Bi polar symptoms. Even on a couch, it looks like a lot of hard work. Have you ever met someone like me? Maybe, you know...
The Family Stew Clock: 2:06 AM Precious DJ: I call him Bob… Belly AJ: DAD! Luke Bartholomew: DAD! SHE HAS MY GAME! Sweet Pea BB: [running away with video game] Chato B Stewart: [sleeping with air plugs] Caption: How do I get my ZZZ's: Air plugs, Ambien and the melodious songs of my children.
Mental Health Humor:Lithium Bottle: Was I your first... Bipolar Medication?Caption: Sooner or later you'll breakdown and try old faithful (lithium)Why is lithium (brand names Eskalith, Lithobid) not the go to drug for Bipolar Disorder anymore?
Caption: Mindfulness Clear your Mind
I wish I was that good at mindfulness, to be able to just wipe away everything like clicking a delete button, then focus on nothing. I can do it, but it's normally due to medications and I black out and sleep. Nothing mind full in sleep like that, more like mind-void. It's not relaxing or comforting it just...
I found some responses to the use of the drug Risperdal in a forum: here are some pros and cons:
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.
Pill: [skull and bones] Title: Psych Meds 'a Necessary Evil'.
Psych Meds: 'a necessary evil' or a magic pill?The answer to this question comes down to the individual. My recovery started with a slue of medications being thrown at me. The first year of "getting professional help" felt more like I was a pincushion or guinea pig. Over the years, I like most, have gotten to a point where I wanted to give up on meds. For me, it was not due to the side-effects, it was the cost. I know what I'm like without medication. I know how my reality gets twisted to a point where my family suffers. After a period of being off meds for 2 years (my wife calls that time "two nightmare years on earth.") we agreed that I need to stay compliant. Well, it was more like "if you don't take your meds, I'm fleeing."
Medic Pill: Bravo one, this is tango four, I've located Prozac 24... Still not sign of the Wellbutrin XL! Title: The Hard Truth About Taking Medications
The Hard Truth About Taking MedicationsThis cartoon is more of an illustration made up of 3 different cartoon segments. I've had the idea for over a year. I just did not have the skill set to bring it all together in a way that would convey my vision of what happens to meds when we take them. Yes, the hard truth about taking medications is that the capsules are going to one of the harshest environments known to man...the human xtomach! I started thinking about what happens to our meds once we swallow them. So after a year, this is the cartoon that popped out. I could go on and on about the Prozac and Wellbutrin and all the ups and downs about these meds, but, then you would miss the joke. :)
[ 2 bottles 1 in a coffin & the other standing next to him graving] Bottle of SSRIs: He was full of LIFE... Three to Four Times a day on an Empty Stomach... Caption: Sooner or Later Your Refills End... (Audio for the blind or visually impaired:)
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Medication Bottle: ((Running away and Screaming for help)) Title: How Billy's Pet Therapy Helped Reduce His Medication.
EXTRA - EXTRA Read All About it!Chato's NEW cartoon series: Over-Medicated! Started in 2011: this new cartoon series opens the doors of medicine cabinets world-wide! For the first time, the antics of the medicine bottles are revealed.
Fix A Flat - Fix A Mood Beer For Temporary Use Only I was working with my new therapist a few weeks back when we both made jokes about fix-a-flat. The end joke was the cartoon above on how to fix-a-mood! While many people often use alcohol and/or other illegal mood-altering drugs to self-medicate, I want to make it CLEAR that I "personally" don't condone this type of temporary solution. Now, I'm not a prude who says to NEVER self-medicate, since I've done it myself in the past and it may seem like an "easy" solution, but it really doesn't solve anything and can make more problems in the long haul!
Did you play "Red Rover, Red Rover" as a child? I know I did! If you are not sure what this game is then this cartoon will make no sense to you. Let me explain the rule of the game... Umm, no, let me summarize it instead. Two groups of children on opposing sides form a wall linking their hands. Then one calls someone on the other side to run through the wall yelling... RED ROVER...RED ROVER... send (name) right over! If they can't break the link, then they become part of the opposing wall. Well back in late January, I got an e-mail from one of my readers asking if I can "create a cartoon that says "Bipolar, Bipolar..let Sanity come over." I got that from the child's game. "Red Rover, Red Rover...let Susie come over." I told this reader (who asked to be anonymous) that I will try... I was not sure how to convey this reader's concept, so I mixed it up and ADDED my own twist including a huge ProZac Pill.
We live in a time where there seems to be a pill for One to medicate if you can't sleep and one to medicate so you can stay up. From pain to happiness there is a pill! I wonder, are we living in an OVER medicated world? What are your thoughts on this subject? My 9 Favorite Over-Medicated Cartoon | Over-Medicated Cartoon 2| Over-Medicated...