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So I Stink, Does That Make Me Depressed?

The next step will be better, the next inch will be easier.  I can do this. I got this; just one more step.  Ah, that’s it now–both feet are out of bed…Yes, the system/process we love to hate of depression…Total apathy.

Have you experienced those days or maybe those weeks (during our journey of recovery) when movement is next to impossible??  Hours, days, weeks or even months could pass and we are stuck in the same place. Sometimes literally. Stuck in our home, our bedroom, our bed… Trapped in our mind, locked away from rational mental reasoning or soap.

Let’s take a moment and find some humor in the very serious issue many of us may face: depression.  For me, it’s the lack of hygiene…

So what is it about Bipolar Depression or Depression, in general, that one of the first things we give up on is hygiene?!

The fact is when I’m depressed – deeply down, the last thing on my mind is if I need to shower or shave.  I don’t care.  I’m lost in despair perched in my muck and hopelessness.

Here are a few of my children’s “tactful” ways to tell me, Chato Stewart, that I stink:

  • The direct approach –  Dad YOU STINK!!!
  • The subtle approach – “Dad, you should try my soap.”
  • Mom – Subtle approach – Buys me body wash and deodorant which lasts 48 hours.

There are a few things to remember when it comes to odor.  You may not like it, but “EVERY BODY” stinks. We all have bromhidrosis. Odor is a fact of life.

About the deodorant that lasts 48 hours, my teen daughter reminds me often that “just because it says it last 48 hours does not mean I have to wait 48 hours to use it again.

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So I Stink, Does That Make Me Depressed?

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). So I Stink, Does That Make Me Depressed?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2019, from


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