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Mental Health Humor – Trauma: DO NOT Push me!

2012 Mental Health Humor -The trauma of falling pushed Jack to the limit with Jill - by Chato Stewart

Jill: [YELLING] Jack!

Caption: The trauma of falling pushed Jack to the limit with Jill – by Chato Stewart

Poor Jack, for years Jill has been hazing him. Pushing him down the hill over and over again until that trauma pushed him too far and he finally snapped! Well, that is how I always envisioned “Jack and Jill,” the classic nursery rhyme’s, ending.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been so busy doing everything it feels like I’ve done nothing!  I do believe that the trauma of living with bipolar, depression, anxiety and a few other things is getting to me, and creating an unbalanced view of life.  Yes, living, surviving, and working towards recovery with a “mental illness” is a traumatic experience. Not only do we suffer repeated trauma, but most of the time there is a silent struggling trauma in our minds.  It’s only when there is an over-flow into others’ reality does it get noticed.

What are a few steps we can take so that we don’t follow Jack’s action? Here are 5 tips that may help you deal with the trauma of brain disorders.

  1. SLEEP – Get plenty of it!  Think of it as recharging your body’s emotional batteries.
  2. DON’T Self-Medicate – booz’en it up, taking up some  GANJA, WACKY TOBACCKY Marijuana or WASH’en BLOW is NOT going to help you achieve a balanced state of mind!
  3. Take a Walk!  Exercise regularly which will reduce stress, anxiety and depression and boost self-esteem!  Just 30 minutes is all it takes.
  4. STOP eating JUNK/FAST FOOD!  Try it for 1 week, eliminate it and replace it with a well-balanced meal high in omega-3. (examples: salmon, walnuts, soybeans)
  5. DON”T WIG_OUT! Reduce stress with breathing exercises or music or whatever helps you relax as long as it does not conflict with tip number 2.

These are just a few tips, added to my list.  What helps you…so, you don’t SNAP?




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Mental Health Humor – Trauma: DO NOT Push me!

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). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2012). Mental Health Humor – Trauma: DO NOT Push me!. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 6, 2020, from


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