Carbamazepine 300 mg: Oh god… Please don’t hurt me! We didn’t mean to make fun of your 10 milligrams dosage.
Depakote 500 mg: >>> K.O’ed!!
Caption: Sooner or later every bully meets their match
The idea behind this was simple, some medications I take are in low dosage but can have a huge effect on my mood, sleep, diet. That got me thinking about some the the higher dosed drugs and how I’m sure they are all stuck up and conceded case they think they are stronger… Well this cartoon should shut them up!
Words Of The Wisdomless: Play Dead :
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill
…An Possumist sees opportunity plays dead, avoids the difficulty and remains”-
Wellbutrin: what’s that book for?
Depakote: legally, I have to disclose all my negative side effects.
Wellbutrin: is packing your head and rubbing your belly in the book?
Caption: Re-Reading Between the Lines of Medications
The idea behind this cartoon was a bit simple…the idea is the side effects of medication. Anyone that is on a mental health psychotropic medication or any medication for that matter as at one time or another experienced a weird side effect. This cartoon identifies one bottle of medication as Depakote, but that’s only in the caption below. I don’t really identify him in the cartoon itself but it was Depakote I was thinking about when I drew him. One thing I used to counteract the side effect from mental health medication is a supplement called Digest Gold plus Probiotics, I use this supplement to support my digestive health… Quite frankly, I would NOT be able to eat the pizza or anything acidic including peanut butter without having issues with symptoms of acid reflex (heartburn). This supplement made by a company called Enzymedica also helps me with the negative side effects that taking psychotropic medication have on my stomach. I used to have issue with IBS after taking certain medications or whenever I switch medication, this stuff has reduced the side effects sometimes completely removing them altogether. That’s just for the digestion, other side effects sometimes we just have to live with in order to stay balance.
I still have one side effect that plagues me ever since I started taking bipolar medications, that is “cottonmouth”. I could have knitted mittens for everyone that reads this post with the amount of cottonmouth I deal with!
In the above cartoon I focuse on an interesting twitch of rubbing your belly and pat your head, go ahead try it and see if you’re affected by the side effects. J
This play on words has to me one of my funniest to draw… I love the face on the poor bottle with all the warning labels on it. I idea of the cartoon is simple enough coming from my medications with all the warning labels not to drink, drive causing dizziness and well you name it, it’s on psychotropic meds. So, coming up with the idea was not the problem, conveying the underling danger of labeling people was… but I think that idea is comes though with him teasing the other bottle. What do you think?
Chato B. Stewart
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This cartoon is part of a series of five cartoons drawn in a Gary Larson style. In this Mental Health Humor Includes my normal overmedicated bottles mixed within the reality it of a regular cartoon. I know it’s not exactly my overmedicated style, but the title does have overmedicated and it so I thought it would be appropriate to share it on this blog. There’s a lot of subtleties in this joke Starting with spelling bipolar as we stated in New England “bipola” sounds like “by-po-LA”. I guess I always figured if there was going to be a Bipolar Disorder Institute For The Overmedicated & Misunderstood it would have to be floating on a cloud filled with oddities, bipolar polar Bears, goldfish, snakes, a dog and a bunch a happy and yet paranoid people on medication. The building style is something Gary Larson did a lot, he had the ability to bring a lot of content into just a few Windows. I think I might have overdone it a little bit, some of the joke gets lost… But the main aspect of this cartoon was to Draw in that the styling art of Gary Larson… You got a gimme props for that .