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Medicated or Misunderstood?

The other night I was talking to a new friend about the different medications we take. She was embarrassed because she thought she was slurring her speech.  Her medications mixed with the painkiller Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone) for rheumatoid arthritis (a “long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues“) was having physical and visible side-effects.

I’m familiar with Oxycodone or Percocet because growing up my father had an ample supply of them for his back injury. I used to borrow his medication only to find out that the stuff doesn’t get you “high,” it knocks you clean out. It was like getting hit with a baseball bat and waking up two days later.  So when I saw my new friend, I knew right off the bat, no pun intended, that she was too impaired to drive.  I encouraged her to make arrangements to have someone else drive her home and she did.

But that got me thinking about medication, and whether or not I’m over-medicated or just “misunderstand” why I take my medications.  I believe, and this is my personal belief, that I will always be on medication.Well, I should say, it’s also my med managers full belief that I will always need to be medicated.  Come to think of it, I think it’s my wife’s understanding that I’ll always be medicated and my kids always want me medicated. So, maybe I don’t misunderstand and I have come to accept that I need to be medicated!

Is My Head In The Clouds??

In my second of five cartoons I’ve drawn in a Gary Larson style, I built a drop-in center in the clouds. The joke (with my New England Accent) and title is in the sign, “BIPOLA Disorder Institute for the Over-medicated and Misunderstood.”

In each window, there is something going on, and I want to address one thing as I look at this cartoon. You see the people’s faces in the top three windows? In the second story window those are their legs!  I want to make sure that people don’t think that they’re standing on something to commit suicide, that is not the intention whatsoever!

Maybe I’m the only one who would’ve thought that but I had to address it just in case.  Instead, falling out of the windows are happy pills.  There’s two polar bears and two fish in a few windows and my two favorites are the snake and the dog.


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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). Visit The Institute For The Overmedicated And Misunderstood. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 4, 2020, from


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