News Reporter: Mr. Great Pumpkin how do you reply to reports that you advocate cutting and Self-injury???Caption: News Flash: Pumpkin Cutting on the Rise
Each year the The Peanuts gang would make fun of Linus as he wasted time in the pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin. I really think there is a lot we can learn from Linus and his patiently waiting year-in and year-out for the great pumpkin to appear. I believe, we can make the analogy of anyone of us who live with a serious mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia who are waiting for our great pumpkin that will bring us back our reality or everything that we have lost in the process of our recovery. Whether Linus knew it or not, he was really setting an example that we can emulate…have faith and patience and never stop hoping and dreaming for a better future.
Secondly, I would like to raise the issue of the great pumpkin and his inability to stop this self- injury and cutting. I believe this is my second cartoon dealing with self- injury. It’s kind of funny to me that the last cartoon was Mrs. potato head and this cartoon is a pumpkin. I’m not sure if that is done subconsciously or not, but it does not escape my notice and it cracks “me” up.
It was March of 2008 that right after a hospital visit I last had a bout with self-injury. I progressed from cutting to burning and branding and this March will be five years that I last used self-injury to deal with my emotional distress. It also marks five years of mental health recovery…This last time that I was in the crisis intervention unit was the same time that I stopped my self- injury issues.
March of 2008 was when I started drawing the mental health humor cartoons. I give the …
Do we get mad and basically blow the top of our heads off, yelling and screaming like a banshee* to blow off steam? Or do we hold it inside and let it build up till one day we implode? Yes, I truly believe there are two types of angry people…Explosive and implosive!
It’s like in the 2003 Adam Sandler movie “Anger Management,” when Dr. Buddy Rydell (played by Jack Nicholson) says:
“Dave, there are two kinds of angry people in this world: explosive and implosive. Explosive, which is the most common, is the type of individual you see screaming at a grocery store cashier for not taking his coupon. Implosive, the least common, is the cashier at the store who remains quiet at his job day after day until he then finally loses it and just shoots everyone in the store. You’re the cashier.”
Both types of anger have devastating affects on our mental and physical health. Many atrocities have occurred while in the grips of an angry rage. Therefore, controlling our anger is not just about bringing us peace of mind; it can also have long-lasting health benefits.