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Challenges: Time and Mental Health    

Not Taking Time with the Family and can negatively affect our mental health.

Time is alive; it is always moving forward ticking away, and once it’s gone, it’s gone!  When we are always focused so intensely on our mental health, balance or caregiving, time can zoom past, days, weeks, months, and years.  Our episodes or days could feel like the churning of a washing machine or the spinning of tornadoes.  Or crushing and destructive as a category five hurricane.  Patching everything back together again, only to have it blow up again, and again, and again, week after week, month after month, year after year.

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Daily our peers are facing astronomical challenges and move on to the next day.  Each day suffering through the symptoms of whatever our mental health issue we live with and are burdened by… as time passes, it takes a toll on loved ones, on marriages, on relationships.

As weeks blur and weeks pass by, the goal of wellness and balance seem like one constant interweaving link.  Totally focusing on getting our loved one better from depression or bipolar disorder or anxiety or any other mental illness, maybe unrealistic.  This is something that many families learn the hard way when looking for the short-term cure.  It takes so much precious time to try get the loved one back to the way “they”, “we” were before the depression, bipolar episode, psychotic break. There may be some results, but for many of us– getting back to the who we were before the illness took a choke hold of our lives, well, that time is gone.


Challenges: Time and Mental Health    

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. (2017). Challenges: Time and Mental Health    . Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2017/06/challenges-mental-health/


Last updated: 30 Jun 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jun 2017
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