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Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Is It Cheating Death or Cheating Life?

Growing up I could not understand why–it seemed like my father was always angry?  From when I was around 6 till I was out of the house, he always had a mean streak.  Yet when my father was balanced, he was an extremely loving and caring person.  He taught me many life lessons from caring for animals to helping people in need.  While my father did have limits to and growing up there was some very messed up stuff (mostly due to the fact that he was living a life with uncontrolled bipolar disorder, compounded with physical injury to his spine that should have had him in a wheelchair back in the 70’s and 80’s)…yet all the pain drugs and trial drugs, for his condition(s), did not help his mood disorder. I believe it feed it fuel. I know he loved me is his own way.

On thing we did together was baseball.  He signed me up to play and would toss the ball around.  The above, Mental Health Humor cartoon, would have made him laugh.  Nowadays, there is a long-list of Baseball Players Accused Of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs, in sports are wrong, we know it, it’s cheating; but in life: Performance-Enhancing Drugs help so we can function normally, go about our day-today.  It’s not cheating death, or cheating life, is it?

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Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Is It Cheating Death or Cheating Life?

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. (2015). Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Is It Cheating Death or Cheating Life?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 28, 2020, from


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