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I’m Blogging for World Mental Health Day: Taming the Wild BiPolar Beast

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Chato Stewart: (Using wooden chair and feather duster to tame the beast)Bipolar Beast: FEED ME CHATO!Caption: Taming the wild Bipolar beast.

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My Top 10 Favorite Mental Health Humor Cartoons On:
Bipolar Disorder
Mental Health Humor is taking part in the 4th annual Psych Central Blog Party for World Mental Health Day.  My cartoon from The Family Stew series shows how some of my day-to-day battles with living my Bipolar Disorder and how it feels to me – an ugly blob like Beastly thing that sucks the joy out of life!  The gas it gives off is mixed with emotional turmoil. All the while, I’m trying to tame a beast with a feather duster!  And avoid it biting off my head…Yup. I think that sums up my  emotional health as to treating my Bipolar Disorder.  I did leave out that I use medications for treatment. But that is another story.

First, I wanted to share my mental condition in dealing with bipolar as I see it as a cartoonist. My 2nd challenge being color blind was to make sure my Bipolar Beast did not look like a huge snot.

Chato :)
I blog for World Mental Health Day

Good book to read:
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies
By Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak

 


World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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Depression is common in old age balloons


World Mental Health Day: Depression
I blog for World Mental Health DayEvery year on the 10th of October,* The World Health Organization joins in celebrating World Mental Health Day.  Here at Psych Central we are (as a network) participating our 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day .  This year World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults.

In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults.  First here are the facts:

“Depression is common in old age. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 2010 data, the Disability

David Speicher Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

David Speicher 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
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I worked as a Human Resources Director for over 20 years. I partnered with executives to change culture and minds moving from a harsh bureaucratic system to one with a culture of free will to approach your profession, your job and employee involvement. I also over saw our benefits programs which often had at least minimum coverage for mental health. I also managed our Employee Assistance Programs (ESP)

As a consumer and not being diagnosed until I was 42, I took the … READ MORE

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Use your Mental Powers to become a Master Mind

Friday, October 19th, 2012

 Master Mind the Mental Block MASTER MIND

The term “Master Mind” always seems to have a sinister connotation. Not here in this third personality type of using your mental powers. The “MASTER MIND” in the Ikea BESTÅ TV storage combo entertainment center with sliding doors illustration is the one that examines the manual then looks over the image of the finished product then makes sure all the pieces to the project are there. They will make sure they have the right tools to accomplish their goal of putting the Ikea BESTÅ entertainment center together.

Block: >>>MAD/SAD<<<<

Caption: Master Mind of the Mental Block
The “MASTER MIND” for your mental health recovery is YOU! Yet, you need to make sure you have the right tools to reach recovery. These tools can be types of cognitively therapeutic exercises such as “Deep Breathing, physical exercise, or artistic exercise. The “MASTER MIND” goes even further because he/she knows the key to devolving true mental powers requires bringing other minds together and learning from them and building on the foundation. The ‘MASTER MIND” is not afraid to ask for help. Yes, just like if we get stuck putting together the BESTÅ entering center, we can always call the Ikea customer service line.
With regards to mental health, we can have much “customer service” i.e. friends we can call if we get stuck in an episode. Even if we have a mental block, the “MASTER MIND” has the right mental powers to weather the storm.

Are you a Master Mind?

P.S. – IKEA has not endorsed me or my blog in any way, the only reason why I reference them is because I still have left-over parts from the last think I put together form them and I was hoping I could figure out where they went.

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