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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

No Nuts Allowed — Just Mental Health Peers

Are you living with Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Schizophrenia or Social Phobia?  Or a host of other mood disorders or brain "dis-ease"? If so, then you are a peer.

In my world, you are more than a peer. You become a fruity-delicious and juicy PEAR! Bursting with empowerment for recovery.

What makes peers ready for recovery? Pear fruit ripens with age and needs sunlight and water to grow. You could liken this to the "Age of Understanding" our diagnosis. The sunlight would be shining a light on our diagnosis, and we grow as "peers" with knowledge. Sometimes, we are bitter like an unripened pear. This could be due to the mental health system or from other factors that are taking the joy out of finding recovery. It happens to all of us.

The key is not to let the outside world affect your main goal as a peer, which is to find the sweet nectar of your life and feast upon it!

Jump on in the salad bowl of life and let's make a fruit salad. No nuts allowed, just PEARS (peers).


- Mental Health Humor By Chato Stewart

What Is Nature Teaching Me?


There are many life lessons to learn from nature. The Beauty (and intelligent design) of the natural world is awe-inspiring. Spending some time outdoors safely can recharge our spirits or drained batteries from an isolated indoor lockdown. Time is well spent in a natural setting. Helps our mental health to get some exercise outdoors. Be cautious, respect nature, weather, ecosystems, life, lives, and personal limits. Stay well-hydrated, dress appropriately including mask if necessary. Don't over-do...


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Social Distancing Summer

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

Summer in Solitude. An opportunity?

An opportunity for self-growth. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are all learning to navigate life in the throes of a global pandemic. Perhaps, we are all learning self-discipline also. Too much travel may not be too prudent. Maintaining physical distancing and staying home if not feeling well means putting Others ahead of ourselves. Now is...


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It’s a Pandemic People (Part 2)

We live in times of uncertainties (please see part one). Beware of "poor" quality content and inaccurate information. It's tough to know who or what to trust. The stats, the numbers, and the crunchers are constantly changing. It's hard to discern what information is entirely accurate. So, please take the time for Truth. We all have to make critical daily decisions that will impact our lives and those around us now and later.

We all know "something" is going on. Exactly what that something...


- Mental Health Humor By Chato Stewart

It’s a Pandemic People (Part 1)

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

: "an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high proportion of the population." ( definition)

Unprecedented: "never done or known before." ( definition)

Haven't pandemics occurred before? Yes. What makes Covid-19 unprecedented? When has the globe been on simultaneous lockdown? When has a huge segment of the Earth's population been accessorized with daily masks?!...


Road To Recovery

Words Of The Wisdomless: Nothing More

LOOKING BACK ON 10 YEARS OF MENTAL HEALTH HUMOR (Published on: Jun 10, 2010)


Words Of The Wisdomless: Nothing More -


“A mental illness relapse is nothing more then a period of time that just didn’t go right. It’s nothing more to worry about, nothing more then a detour on the road to recovery.  All we need to do… is get back on our road and nothing more.” – By Chato B. Stewart

How true.  We are on a journey... Yes, our destination might not be as tangible as visiting Paris for the summer; it is a destination nevertheless!  Living with any type of psychological disorder is like getting an open-end traveling ticket.  We know -- we want to go to recovery but how to get there is just not mapped out yet.


Bipolar Disorder

Top 5 Ways to find Out If You’re Rapid Cycling

UPdate: Looking Back 10 years. Cartoon publish as part of the Cartoon-A-Thon.  The event that would become the mental health hero (from 2010 to 2016).

Are you rapid cycling? Here are my Top 5 Ways to find out.



#5 -  You love to ride your bike, but only over hills.
#4 - You try to use the elevator to adjust your mood swings.
#3 - You are so happy about getting a gift all you do is cry.
#2 - Your social calendar is broken up into 4 quarters around your moods.
#1 - You find yourself replacing your break pads every few months because you stop and go, stop and go, stop and go...



By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Guppy Goop and The Adventure of the Big Bad Fish Written and Illustrated by Chato B. Stewart

UPDATE: Published on: May 29, 2010 - Ten years ago I shared this book I wrote for my kids, (wrote and illustrated in 2007 two years before I started to blog here at Psych Central).  I remember spending many hours drawing each page on a large drawing pad.   I was manic and drew for days on end.  I had to finish this book.  Not for any monetary gain, I just had to FINISH something.  I want to re share the book and I hope you enjoy Guppy Goop.  This little fish gave me years and years of good memories and help me meet some amazing people.

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Here is a little book for you and your children to read or listen to that is good for our mental health.   I wrote and illustrated it in 2007.
What does it take to learn a good lesson, anyway? written by: Chato B. Stewart
dedicated to LP, Sweet Pea, Precious & Belly


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Coping With Covid-19 Conflicts

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

Many are conflicted about Covid-19. What Data to believe? Trust? Distrust media? Stay home? Go Out? (Wear a Mask!) Don't wear gloves? Social Distance? Get tested? Go out to lunch? Order in? How to Stay Well? How to stay connected?

Some of us (myself included) are snacking and munching out a little too much to cope.

Many topics concerning Coronavirus more precisely...


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Stress Full or Stress Less

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

Stress is taking its toll on many of us. Some are stressed or worse due to Covid-19. Some are stressed or distressed due to the shocking and untimely deaths of Loved Ones.

Sad Times and Events for many! How can we better cope and stress less?? How can we support Fellow-Humans who are suffering and grieving?? How can we all act in...


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Should I Wear a Mask?

How do you feel about masks? (Metaphorical or literal you may wonder.) Talking literally in a pandemic.

Masks are only effective if you know how to properly use and dispose of them in combination with frequent hand cleaning.

Frequent hand washing is essential protection during this Covid-19 pandemic. How often do you wash your hands? It is hard learning to avoid touching my face, though. Glasses and sunglasses help me avoid touching or rubbing my eyes.

For me...


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Memories Of Friends From A Distance

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

Recently I was looking back at some of my old cartoons and re-posted blog post with the above cartoon. I wrote about friends in distance.  I thought this cartoon is so appropriate given the quarantine and social distancing.

Feel free to...