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Sunday Psychology Cartoons: Uni-Polar Depressed Bear

I'm always depressed. I wish I could be like my brother... he's a bipolar bear
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Sunday Psychology Cartoons Uni Polar Bear
Caption: I’m Always Depressed, I wish I could be more like my brother, he’s a Bi-polar bear

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Saturday I spent the afternoon with my kids at a pool party.  I really did not want to go, but I knew my 4 kids would have a great time so I went.  The family is very nice and generous and they have a 9-year-old girl that gets along with my 3 girls.

I’m not as social as I once was. I’m working on this by forcing myself to get out. I was a bit anxious about being around so many people; I figured I would find a little corner and just hide out.  That corner turned out to be the pool!!   I went in and played with my kids.  We had life jackets on 2 of the girls, something we’ve always done.  Even more so after I witnessed a 5-year-old die in a pool accident a few years ago from a Hotel window in Tampa Florida.

Getting in the pool allowed me to avoid the small talk that I didn’t have to pretend to enjoy.  I did enjoy the pool… I love the water!!  I could be in the water all day if I wasn’t so afraid of being harpooned.  My kids really enjoyed the pool too.  All-in-all it was a good day.

It’s funny that a big guy like me has these fears. To be around me you would not think it, but that’s because like most of us who live with mental disorders, we know how to hide it and act normal… Well, until we open our mouth.  I remember a sign I used to have on my desk.  it says, “silence is the only substitute for intelligence.”  Sometimes I resemble that.

Today, I’m heading out to a cook-out at a friend’s house.  I am such a social butterfly this week.  Really, this is more of my own personal goal to get out of the house more and try and be more friendly!!  To have more human contact even when I just want to lock myself in a room and wait to die.  So, I’ll fake it till I make it… But I’ll tell you it is working ever so slowly.

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Sunday Psychology Cartoons: Uni-Polar Depressed Bear

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2014). Sunday Psychology Cartoons: Uni-Polar Depressed Bear. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2019, from


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