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Is Your Depression And Bipolar Medication Harming You?

Depression medication Bottle: Get him, get him Good!
Caption: Do your depression meds harm you?

In this Over-Medicated Mental Health Humor cartoon, we look at some pro’s and con’s of taking meds in this over-medicated and over-diagnosed world we find ourselves in.  This is no joke. There are many long lasting side-effects. The worst on both sides of the issue is DEATH.

There are many valid reasons for not taking medication. There are many valid personal reasons that could be as simple as “I don’t want to take medication period!” All valid, it’s your personal choice to choose to be medicated or to use some other venue to maintain remission or balance without going delirious.  HOW YOU CHOOSE to stay well should be up to you/us.  We should have a say in what we believe our treatment should be… EVEN if that means

There are many other ways to “control,” “live with,” “put in remission” Bipolar or Depression symptoms WITHOUT medications.  If you are one of these people, that is great.  I’m not, and I know the medications that are helping me stay “balanced” are also the very meds that put me at higher risks with other issues including suicide.   Yes, the very medications that I take to stop me from suicide has a side-effect that may cause suicide.  You know anything can be good for us and kill us, too!  For example:

  • An apple a day will keep the doctor away unless you’re choking on a chunk stuck in your windpipe!
  • Honey is good for your tummy, unless you get stung by a bee.
  • Sunlight is great for Vitamin D3, unless you forget sunscreen you’re in sunburn city.

Yes, there are two sides of this coin…BUT with people with a “mental illness diagnosis”  medication will be a part of their daily life…FACT!  Will there ever come a time when I’ll be off all my meds?  Yes, there are 3 ways that could happen…

    1. I am cured of depression and bipolar and anxiety by some new future medical procedure or PILL…. IT COULD HAPPEN!
    2. I lose my state insurance and can’t pay the huge monthly cost to buy my meds out-of-pocket!… IT COULD HAPPEN!
    3. I could go in remission (a period of no symptoms/not cured, there is no cure; don’t believe any hype.)

Serenity now…

Is Your Depression And Bipolar Medication Harming You?

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. (2015). Is Your Depression And Bipolar Medication Harming You?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from


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