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Bipolar? Depression? Can We Learn To Be Resilient?

One of my favorite Mental Health Humor (Bipolar/Depression) cartoons is about the dominoes falling (#1723 Stuff Happens). I’ve had the cartoon printed (print here) and hanging on my wall for a long time. It’s helped me to remember that “stuff happens.”   Yes, good and bad stuff happen every day!

What Example Can We Look To For resilience?

What is Resilience?

Resilience: When faced with a tragedy, natural disaster, health concern, relationship, work, or school problem, resilience is how well a person can adapt to the events in their life. A person with good resilience has the ability to bounce back more quickly and with less stress than someone whose resilience is less developed. ~ By 1Harold Cohen, Ph.D.

I found this definition of “resilience” at The Resilience Research Centre:

“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.”  – 2Dr. Michael Ungar – What is Resilience? – Resilience Projects

The Ability To Recover Quickly?

In the Mental Health Humor Cartoon, the use of dominoes is a metaphor for when bad stuff happens to good people. Dominoes are resilient, they can take whatever life throws at them (to a point). It could be the kids are tossing the dominoes around, dropping them over and over again. Or maybe, the dominoes are a chew toy for the baby or family pet (warning choking hazard: dominoes are NOT or should not ever be a chew toy). After the domino has gone through the ringer, still…you can pick it up again, set it back in line and do it all over again.

Dominoes in my book have Resilience!  But they are for better or worse a toy, a game, a metaphor.


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Fun Grammer Fact: Resilience and resiliency are different forms of the same word. Both nouns refer to the ability to recover quickly from illness or misfortune. But in today’s English, resilience is far more common than resiliency ~ 3 Grammarist.

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1 Cohen, H. (2017). What is Resilience?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 3, 2018, from

2 Dr. Michael Ungar  (2008) What is Resilience?. The Resilience Research Centre  Retrieved on March 3, 2018, from


Bipolar? Depression? Can We Learn To Be Resilient?

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. (2018). Bipolar? Depression? Can We Learn To Be Resilient?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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