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The Start of Mental Health Month – and I’m So Depressed!!!

Monday, May 12th, 2014

 

I knew it was going to hit me. I was preparing for it early in April. I could feel it coming on stronger, holding longer, tightening its grip…What am I talking about…DEPRESSION!
You know as a mental health advocate, I wish I could say I am cured, 100% in recession with my bipolar. I have mild symptoms and some more severe. My bipolar cycles typically quarterly. With medications and therapy, I have not had to deal with major bouts of depression or hypomania for quite some time. It’s there, the depression is always present. Many of its byproducts: low self-esteem, self-hate, and loathing remain present constantly. It’s something that I deal with on a day to day, step-by-step, inch by inch, minute by minute (at times) basis.
Usually, I can work around my symptoms and can be quite creative at the same time…sometimes all I want to do is just lay in bed and hide myself away from the world. That’s when I take my little tablet with me…


CVS is ‘Working together to combat prescription drug abuse’ – WHAT?

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This sounds great, applaud the effort right, FINALLY A COMPANY that cares – “As the largest U.S. pharmacy based on total prescription revenue and as an employer of 26,000 pharmacists who dispense prescriptions and counsel patients, CVS Caremark is uniquely positioned to play a role in helping to stop the prescription drug epidemic.” states an article on their website entitled: Working together to combat prescription drug abuse

This sounds like another big move. Recently, CVS made a HUGE statement by removing all smoking products off the shelves. Take that Cancer! The people at Walgreens are laughing all the way to the bank.  They know this is all smoke screens and any one “in-the-know” will tell you: CVS was one of the biggest violators in an epidemic that has millions addicted and CVS’ hands are soaked in blood from the death of thousands: -http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/10/14/cvs-meth-idUSN1429261120101014

CVS is caught RED HANDED selling one of the key ingredients used to make illegal Meth and THEY ADMIT IT!!!  “CVS Pharmacy Inc, a subsidiary, admitted it sold pseudoephedrine to criminals who used it to make meth“.  US Assistant Attorney Shana Mintz said, “Rather than choosing to over-comply with the law like their competitors did, they knowingly under-complied with the law.” This all happened around 2004.

Then CVS threw money at it (the scandal) to make it go away… not $100,000, not a few million but $77 million. Where did that number 77 come from?

You know it’s funny, CVS not only admits to selling 2.6 million of the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine. But one thing to consider: many “smurfing” OR addicts/individuals would buy/make several purchases in small amounts of over-the-counter medicine containing pseudoephedrine and many would also steal just as much as they bought.  So, it’s likely, that 2.6 million does not include the entire “product-loss” or what was “stolen.”

Now let me do a little Breaking Bad Heisenberg Math –

Lets round the 2.6 mill to include stolen product…to an even 3 million and divide it by the average cost per bottle (The original formulation of Sudafed contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine)…

Estimation: In the end, you’re looking at over 700,000,000 dollars in Crystal Meth/Crank product that could …


Ambiguous Life Lessons

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
t2013 Mental Health Humor Natures Ambiguous Life Lessons by Chato Stewart Cartoon

Natures Ambiguous Life Lesson

Never Let go? Never Give Up? Look Before You Cross? Nature’s Ambiguous Life Lessons, it’s no wonder why you’re confused. Yes, it’s a cartoon I drew about Life Lessons!

Please feel free to tweet or post it on your Facebook wall with the hash tag #lifelessons. You can use the links below to share and if you have a Pinterest or Instagram account please share it too.  Connect with me: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/chatobstewart. Here is my Reddit account too: http://www.reddit.com/user/chatobstewart/

In my cartoon are three life lessons that we all can learn from: Never let go or Never give up on the road to recovery of mental or co-morbidity of addiction and mental disorders ~ People Do Recover.

 

Chato Stewart“the original”Mental Health Humor CartoonistDepression Bipolar Support Alliance Ambassador


Projection Therapy – It Is All Your Fault! 12 12 12

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Mental Health Humor Cartoon by Chato StewartProjection Therapy

Peer Dressed like Charlie Brown: My therapist was big on ME reenacting “HIS”childhood counterpart.
Peer looks Like Captain Hook:  Mine too, but you’re Lucky, MY Therapist was fixated on “HIS” peter Pan Fantasy.Caption: The not so rare Projection Therapy

This is a VERY special day. It’s not my fault if you don’t know what it is and how special it is and why you should take a second out of your shopping or work day to reflect on today’s uniqueness (no it not  Projection Therapy!).

Today: December 12, 2012 will be the last time this century there will be the same digits in sequence – 12/12/12.  The past 12 years we had the following sequenced dates:

  • January 1, 2001 as 01/01/01
  • February 2, 2002 as 02/02/02
  • March 3, 2003 as 03/03/03
  • April 4, 2004 as 04/04/04
  • May 5, 2005 as 05/05/05
  • June 6, 2006 as 06/06/06
  • July 7, 2007 as 07/07/07
  • August 8, 2008 as 08/08/08
  • September 9, 2009 as 09/09/09
  • October 10, 201o as 10/10/10
  • November 11, 2011 as 11/11/11
  • Today December 12, 2012 as 12/12/12

The next time this will happen won’t be for another 998 years on January 1, 3001 (01/01/01)!

Now about the cartoons. There are 2 different perspectives/views in the cartoons, that of a clinician and that of a client. I wrote it that way so, it can be used in your doctor’s office or on your fridge at home. :)

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