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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Hey! Are You Over Medicated? (NEW Cartoon)

We live in a time where there seems to be a pill for One to medicate if you can't sleep and one to medicate so you can stay up.  From pain to happiness there is a pill! I wonder, are we living in an OVER medicated world? What are your thoughts on this subject? My 9 Favorite Over-Medicated Cartoon | Over-Medicated Cartoon 2| Over-Medicated...


Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Ask Dr. Bob Bob The Unqualified Psychotherapist Evolution

Ask Dr. Bob Bob The Unqualified Psychotherapist 's evolution and transformation started the day I posted it.   He started out as just a black and white cartoon, but as you can see with the three cartoons below he had a few changes over a period of two years. In the second cartoon, you can see I added a little more life to the cartoon and in the last cartoon, Dr. Bob Bob came full circle.  His wacky, quacky advice is meant to fit his name.  The idea is to NEVER follow bad advice and Bob Bob is full of it!!


Bipolar Dad

Chato’s Homage to Gary Larson (The Far Side) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbs)

(Previous) 5 of 10 (Next) My Top 10 Favorite Mental Health Humor Cartoons On: Bipolar Disorder RSS FEED  My rss feed OK, if you have seen any of my mental health cartoons comics by now, you may have concluded my drawing style is that of a 'gag' cartoonist.  Also know as a magazine or single cell cartoonist. I was 'drawn' to this style from my love of Gary Larson's The FAR SIDE series. I would read his books over and over again almost to the point of obsession! My favorites were "The Far Side Observer," " The Chickens Are Restless," and of course, "Last Chapter and Worse: A Far Side Collection." Gary Larson's sense of humor resonated within me and evoked a feeling of shared humorous comradery.  Larson's work came into my life when I was a young boy just hitting the awkward tween years.  I was around 12 when I saw my first Far Side in the Sunday Paper in Boston.  Living in a dysfunctional family filled with violence, verbal and physical abuse, I found comfort within his humor.


4 UR Mental Health

4 UR Mental Health [3 Cartoons] Anxiety

Time to give you a little break 4 UR mental health! Often, we may feel anxiety and dread dealing with our daily challenges.  I know sometimes "I can't seem to shake this feeling of dread!" You know what?  Deep down a part of me believes my intuition is right! I guess it's part of dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder?


Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Ask Br. Bob Bob – I Gut The Power



Question:
Doctor Bob Bob, Some times I wish I could have a super power like my favorite super hero, Wonder Woman.  With my lasso of Truth I'd make my therapist tell me what she really thinks about me. I could then use my indestructible bracelets to deflect any thing I did not want to hear her say.  What about you Dov. What kind of super hero would you be?
Signed WW

Answer:
Dear WW, There is only one HERO...


By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Beware of the Heat Wave – High Temperature, Humidity with Medications can Cause Heat Stroke

Living in Florida for almost 10 years, I'm more aware of the dangers of a "Heat Wave."  With high temperatures and humidity, everyone should be well-hydrated whenever they're out.  I always keep a gallon of water in the car just to keep me and the kids watered. This was not always the case.  When I started treating the Bipolar Disorder with medications, I ran into a problem a few times. What was that problem???  Hyperthermia, more commonly known as Heat Stroke!!!


4 UR Mental Health

4 UR Mental Health [3 Cartoons]

RSS FEED My rss feed The following cartoons touch on the challenges of talking to people about Mental Health issues. As you can see in the first cartoon, broaching the "sensitive" subject (with the direct approach) is not always the best approach.  The 2nd cartoon gets to the "beef" of the matter, focusing on how sometimes we need to make sure people "understand" -- AKA are educated about the actual illness!  Leading me to the fact that any diagnosis is just a "label" and we shouldn't have to clown around and let it identify us! I hope one of these cartoons brings a smile to your day!  Please feel free to express your thoughts and comments below, Thanks.


Depression

A Depression Survivor asked me – How Much Do You Exercise?

A comment from "depression survivor" on the post Which Came First — Obesity or Depression?? and [part 2] gave me a lot to think about! I want to say "Thank You!" and answer a question with a couple 'toons. "How much do you exercise? For me being active daily, including intense exercise several times a week, is essential for both my depression and weight management. I also take Wellbutrin which helps with weight loss. I swim, walk briskly for several hours at a time, lift weights, and do machines at the gym. I personally believe that exercise is a powerful antidepressant in and of itself and well help you lose weight obviously. (and treat your metabolic syndrome)." You are so RIGHT about the power of exercise to help reduce Depression!  I am happy to say I'm down 20 lbs... And I'm working on implementing a REAL exercise routine.  Here are a couple cartoons that I've drawn about the subject:


Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Ask Dr. Bob Bob – Vacation Of The Mind

Hope you had a good weekend! I initially posted this first cartoon on August 11, 2008. I think this "Bob Bob" is appropriate. It's a good fit for today -- the day after the long weekend! Hope you enjoy the others as well. “Vacation Of The Mind”... what I’m thinking about during these long days of Summer is for us to be able to say, "you know what… I’m going to take a day off from my own insanity!"  A day where we don’t have to be reminded that we are sick or plagued by mental illnesses.  Yes, truly a day for us. Some of us might not be able to go to the beach. That is why it is important to develop visualization techniques. What is this? Visualization is the art of creating a mental picture.  It can be from a real photo; you just look at it and picture it in your “minds eye.”  But it's also much more.  It's a technique used to build self-awareness and positive thinking!  You envision yourself doing something, say winning a race or getting the job… But, here is the trick, you visualize it in the first person as if you’re looking out your own eyes, and not watching as a by-stander.  It takes some practice but it is a great tool to help focus and give ourselves a “Vacation Of The Mind”...


Depression

Which Came First — Obesity or Depression?? [Part 2]

Continued from Which Came First — Obesity or Depression?? [Part 1] Let's see, before I was depressed I was a big guy...but was that because I was depressed and did not know it?!  Since Ive been taking my meds, I've put on weight... In 2001, I weighed in at 230.  I got help late in 2003 and now in 2010, I maxed out at 383lbs. Yes, I have been treating my depression and yes, I’m also dealing with Metabolic Syndrome. So, could controlling my Depression (by using various medications) in actuality be “causing” Obesity and Obesity-related diseases; not eliminating them?!


Depression

Which Came First – Obesity or Depression?? [Part 1]

Obesity and depression go hand in hand at times. Are they walking hand in hand in your life? What is the connection if any between Depression and Obesity? Which comes first, Obesity or Depression? Does it really matter to you? A recent article in the LA Times written by Shari Roan highlighted some interesting research on the subject: “Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, looked at data from a longitudinal study of more than 5,000 men and women ages 18 to 30. Over the 20 year study, participants’ waist circumference and body mass index were measured and they were asked about symptoms of depression.” “The study found that that the waist circumference among the people who started the study with depression was about 1 inch larger than those who started the study reporting lower levels of depression. This was true regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, and education level. In contrast, those who started the study with higher body-mass index and waist circumference did not show a change in depression symptoms over time.”


Doctors Office

How Many Pills Do You Take Daily? [New Cartoon]

Are you like me?  I HATE TO WAIT! Even when I'm in a line and I don't have anything to do after I finish my errand... I still hate to wait! Yes, we could explore the psychological affect behind the need to have my needs attended to before yours.  I'm sure it's part of a complex flaw I have that has effected every aspect of my life.  I was thinking about this a few weeks back, while I was in the "waiting" room at the Hospital Emergency Room.  As I was waiting, a person came in with very serious injuries and they whisked him off to the back for help.... That got me thinking about the waiting area at the behavioral health provider I go to.  Even when I set a appointment, I still have to wait between 25 to 45 minutes.  A few times, it was over an hour.  What if they saw you based on the seriousness of your condition?


Ask Dr. Bob Bob

Dr. Bob Bob – Peer to Peer Group

Originally posted August 25, 2008, this cartoon was considered a bit harsh, but, that's kind of the point with Dr. Bob Bob...being off the wall of reason, making you think a little about this subject.  Once again, the doctor was changing his look too... Here we see his head shaped more like a pear to fit the gag of a Peer to Peer group.  Yet, again Doc Bob Bob mangles up his perception of a peer group to convey his twisted ideals. I posted this from the hotel in Tampa where I was able to bring my family to a much needed “working” or “studying” vacation.  I was just starting the first day of Recovery Peer Specialist training.


Bipolar Disorder

Top 5 Ways to find Out If You're Rapid Cycling

Are you rapid cycling? Here are my Top 5 Ways to find out.

#5 -  You love to ride your bike, but only over hills. #4 - You try to use the elevator to adjust your mood swings. #3 - You are so happy about getting a gift all you do is cry. #2 - Your social calendar is broken up into 4 quarters around your moods. #1 - You find yourself replacing your break pads every few months because you stop and go, stop and go, stop and go...