Chato: I Can’t Be Depressed… I’m a Guy!
What Do You Do To Cope When You’re Facing Depression?
What do you do to cope when you’re facing depression? Some find exercising helpful and science backs that up with studies showing it can reduce depression up to 50%, if you do it for more then 20 minutes a day. Others writer in journals, blogs, and social media update on Facebook and Twitter. Yes, by detailing our feelings in words helps us deal with emotional periods and to find comfort… even if no one ever reads it!
What do you think a bipolar cartoonist does when I’m depressed? If you’re thinking I draw bad cartoons when I’m depressed, you would be wrong. Apparently, you have not see my regular cartoons, they’re bad enough on my best days.
What I do when I get depressed is write poetry! Sometimes, the subject is really dark (Poetry Noir) about how I feel at that moment. With titles like, “Here But Gone,” “Edge Of Disaster” and “Distortion of the mind” you can see the subjects are not roses and snowflakes. My style of writing is vivid and hovers around death and suicide and could be a trigger for some, so I don’t recommend you read it if you’re not in a good place right now.
Don’t worry, the poem below, “A Man’s hope“ is not DARK Poetry. This is one I wrote in 2004. Five months earlier, I was hospitalized yet I was still dealing with deep depression and struggling to hold onto my sanity.
There is no one recovery tool that works for everyone, but writing poetry when I’m too depressed to draw has helped me. This poem was the inspiration for my article that was published here at Psych Chentral titled: I Can’t Be Depressed… I’m a Guy!
I’m a guy. I drink, lightly at first, to ease the pain. Now, heavily, to numb out my hopelessness…My job is in jeopardy. My wife threatens to leave me and my kids don’t want anything to do with me. I hate how I am. I despise my own reflection in the mirror. My head is full of idealizations of death and the liquor is making it easy to complete my thought. I can handle this, I’m a Guy! I can’t swallow this pain anymore…Instead, I swallow something else
The above quote was the breaking point in in my life that lead to me searching for help. But, we can start that path of hope ourselves by recognizing our moods and emotions and learning to control them with coping techniques like art therapy and writing, music or whatever works for YOU.
A MAN’S HOPE
By Chato B. Stewart November 10, 2004
“Only the strong survive,” “men don’t cry,” “the weak are left behind.”
Terms heard in adolescents, words spoken to charge feelings and to set standers. A man’s hope to live up to his father’s expectations. A man’s hope to set his own road to success.
Now cover all you know with mental illness. Tell me where, a man’s hope lies when his life has been lying to him-self.
Weakness seen is also strength.
Weakness is perceived when deficiency is known.
A man’s hope is to overcome, to show that even the weak of mind IS strong and can survive. That even in sorrow I will push ahead.
A mans’ hope even with cluttered and disconnected mind that one day I can stand… sturdy… balanced… normal.
It is this man’s hope.
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