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Pros and Cons of the Bipolar Superpower

What is it about Mental Illness: is it cool to live with Bipolar or Depression?  What is wrong with this thinking?  Why do some feel it is a “superpower?”  While others are pushed by their disorders to the breaking point and are overcome by illness and die by suicide.  Is that a superpower?

I want to point out courage and acknowledge the strength it takes for anyone to talk about Mental Health and how it affects them.  But with everything we do and say, it can have both positive and negative effect.  While haters are gonna hate, I want to point out I’m not a hater, I just don’t feel my years of suffering would ever equal into anything super.

As a person living with Bipolar Disorder, I can understand the analogy.  When I’m hypomanic or manic I feel, well invincible!  I’m totally delusional most of the time and this state of mind works its way into paranoia and then it goes all over the place from depression to psychosis.

It’s like (at times) being in the spin cycle of washing machine day and night, all the while dealing with voices in my head telling me how awful and worthless I am, and daring me to kill myself…calling me weak and pitiful, useless waste of human bile.

Is this a superpower?  And Mental Illness that wants me dead?  That is the suicidal ideation I’ve dealt with since I was very young.  I did not have the coping tools like we have today.  So, what seemed to quash the pain when I was a young boy, cutting then branding.  Now I use art to help me cope.

Is creativity a superpower?

Respectively, I believe this is what Mr. West may be been talking about…a creative talent superpower.  He is no doubt extremely talented, and a very powerful force.

Nevertheless, when the risk of suicide is in the cards or living day-by-day with debilitating suffering and pain, is it a superpower?

What do you think? 

How do you feel about your superpower?


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Pros and Cons of the Bipolar Superpower

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). Pros and Cons of the Bipolar Superpower. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 26, 2020, from


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