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What are Your Strengths and Weaknesses #NHBPM

Day 17 – Saturday, Nov. 17 My strengths and weaknesses list post #NHBPM

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Days 17 of the We Go Health Blog Party for the National Health Blog Post Month (#NHBPM). Now they want us to write about a list of our strengths and weaknesses!  My first question is why? Who do they plan to show or are they going to use it against me?! National Health Blog Post Month

WEAKNESS #1: Paranoia

Yes, I get paranoid when around people…The paranoia is more self-deluded than actual belief that others are out to do me harm in a physical way anyway. Rather, I believe people talk about me negatively even when I know in reality, they’re not talking or thinking about anything but “their” own problems.

STRENGTH #1: Paranoia

Yes it is true I get paranoid around other people, yet this paranoia can be useful in the terms of a different word… Awareness!  So even though people may not be talking about me I am aware, no let me rephrase, I try to make myself aware of my surroundings. I try to prepare myself; constantly ready to react to any threatening situation possibly coming my way. I tell myself that this is my strength, but in reality it’s defined as paranoia. Yes paranoia is a two edge sword!

WEAKNESS #2: Self Loathing

I have the self-esteem of discarded roadkill. I hate myself, I hate that I can say I hate myself so freely. But I know the evil inside me, I’ve seen what it can do, I’ve seen the harm I can cause and I felt the repercussions of it. I know I will truly never forgive myself and by saying this I am essentially defeating my future progress. That really sucks the old rotten egg.

STRENGTH #2 Self Awareness

While I may be aware of myself loathing, I am also self-aware of the compassion in my heart for others. I am aware of the good I can do with my limited skills and a desire to help. I am aware that I can be the elephant in the room and at the same time I can be the Bull in the China shop…moving with such finesse and acrobatic elasticity that I do not destroy or crush the beautiful things around me. Yes, I’m aware, I can be a force of good when I am aware of my reality. When I’m not aware of my reality, then see: “self-loathing”.


I love food. I love food not because it tastes good, but I can use it to make my pain go away. I am an emotional eater; I have all the characteristics of Binge Eating Disorder (BED).  Even though I have replaced many bad foods with healthier choices, I will still binge on the healthier foods. It’s like the person standing in line at McDonald’s ordering ten cheeseburgers and a Diet Coke. My love of food, my waistline and my self-esteem, all contribute to myself loathing.  I believe wholeheartedly that if I can once and for all gain control of this uncontrolled spiraling diet and actually lose more than 50 pounds, I could possibly then lose another 50. I tried it in 2012, the closest I got was losing 46 pounds in five months than four months later putting it all back on.

STRENGTH #3: Resiliency

Resiliency could also be called stupidity, you see I don’t mean to undermine the ability to be resilient when it comes to bipolar disorder or other mood disorders. But many times we get back up for no other reason than getting up being our only choice. The one strength I am most proud of is that stupidity or knowledge that should hold me down doesn’t…my stubbornness gets  me back up pushing me forward even though I know I’m going to get knocked back down again.

Oh Yes, my most strongest strength is being a father, and it is also my largest weakness.




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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). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2012). What are Your Strengths and Weaknesses #NHBPM. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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