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How You Experience Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Effects Recovery 

Living with any type of Mental Illness effects recovery.

This was the concept of today’s Mental Health Humor Cartoon, our fish is the very cause that pushes us off balance.

That happens to me often. I get in my own way of my recovery, sabotaging myself so-to-speak.  I’ll get so caught up in my bipolar world, that I end up, well swimming in my own mess that I caused or made (granted, I’ll blame the illness, but in the end I’m responsible.)

Mental Health Humor cartoons by Chato Stewart

Fish: Poop
Caption: “scrutiny, I’m fine; constantly swimming in others’ crap, it drives me insane”

How To Move Forward To Hope

No one likes to relapse, to lose ground.  For years, I thought of my Mental Health Recovery as climbing a mountain.  A hard task, but with a summit to reach.  Over time that view adapted to me being on a road to recovery, but that also means there is a finish line at recovery.

I’m coming to realize that recovery is just a term people use to comfort others; to let them know they are okay and are not insane.  I’m realizing this is a journey, with many paths, many obstacles, and many ways to live a life of dignity.

My journey is not the same as your path, and while we may have many crossways… How and why we got there are two different stories.

What we do share are a few necessaries that move us forward on our journey…like the wind in our sails are pushed forward toward hope.  Shedding our fear and holding fast to hope for a better tomorrow, even though everything in our world may be against us, we hope for a glimpse of sunlight.  Hope for a respite from voices, hope for a let up of the gloom.

Even on the best of any Journey, there will come a day where I feel hopeless.  That is when connecting with others has helped me.  Peers who are on their journey, here our worlds don’t collide, they meet.  Sometimes new paths are forged, some days I may not move an inch.  But there is still the journey…

And yes, somedays it’s me swimming around in my own crap again, but the journey keeps going.



How You Experience Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Effects Recovery 

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. (2018). How You Experience Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Effects Recovery . Psych Central. Retrieved on February 25, 2020, from


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