Anger Management 101: Are You An Angry Person?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 09:11 AM
Author: Chato Stewart

Are You An Angry Person?

Anger…Are you angry? Do you blow your top at the drop of a dime? Does spilt milk enrage you? Are you the first one on the horn when the light turns green if the car in found of you has not moved in the first 2 seconds?

Anger – we all will get angry over one thing or another. How we process that anger can indicate there could be underlying “anger issues.” This is where some self-assessment may be needed.


Mental Health Humor Cartoon “Anger” used with permission by cartoonist Chato Stewart

Ask yourself: When I get angry is it because:

  • Other people around me are completely useless. So, I have to do everything myself!
  • No one listens to me, and I want to be heard!
  • I’m an utterly thorough waste of a human existence, and can never get anything right!


Control and Anger Are They Connected?

Each example above represents three types of anger issues. First, anger is due to lack of controlling a situation. The second is anger due to lack of control of an environment, and third is anger due to lack of control over self-esteem. The keyword phrase connection is anger equals “lack of control.” Can you agree that anger and lack of control are connected?

We’ve heard the phraseology associated with someone who went on a mad, angry rage “they lost control.”

Yes, anger and control or lack of control are deeply connected. So if that is the case, then learning some simple techniques to “control anger” just may help us when “anger explodes.”


  • Breathe – take a few deep calming breaths before you take any drastic actions.
  • Count to 10 before you act.
  • Write or draw your feelings.
  • Punch a pillow/punching bag (no walls or people or pets!)
  • Walk Away ~ it takes more courage to walk away from a fight, then it does to start swinging punches.
  • Bite your tongue, or upper lip – words can hurt sometimes more than a fist, and have long-lasting, negative effects.
  • Go for a brisk walk ~ exercise ~ Jog ~ lift weights ~ aerobics ~ go swimming ~ go fly a kite – get your mind off the situation and out of the boiling pot that made you angry.

to be continued

Consumer   Ambassador
Chato Stewart


Treatment Team effective for Schizophrenia

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 03:11 PM
Author: Chato Stewart

Go Team! Have you ever been on a sports team or any work team for that matter? When a team functions well and is supportive of one another, success is certain. We are all on the same team: human. Some of our human team need extra support and cheer leading to continue on the road of recovery from various mental health concerns including schizophrenia.

We all appreciate the multi-benefits of accurate-evidence-based education, open communication, whole-hearted commitment and active cooperation. Let’s think of those positive things in terms of a treatment team working side-by-side, actively cooperating for the good health of a sick loved one, family friend, fellow-community member. (Imagine what good could be accomplished with unity of thought and deed.)

In a recent interview on NPR, Nina Schooler PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, discusses how low-dosage medicine, talk therapy, along with a range of interventions is a new treatment strategy for early illness schizophrenia; instead of high-dosage drugs alone.  In the past, these powerful drugs, with terrible side-effects, were the most heavily relied upon for primary treatment of those suffering with schizophrenia.

A study Dr. Schooler co-authored shows that this new approach: low-drugs, talk therapies, etc. is effective and can help some not only manage symptoms of schizophrenia better, but may help some reach the goal of full recovery (with early interventions).

All of us would probably manage our lives better with an effective support team and on-going education. It’s important to know our options, what medications or treatment plans available that will be the most beneficial for those of us who may be suffering or living with a serious illness including addiction.

Supportive Treatment Team

Have you thought about developing your own personal support team?

Who would you include?

Family members?



Please, make CBHC a part of your treatment team.

Team work can lighten the individual load each of us may daily carry. A lightened load can bring much refreshment, relief and less stress to daily living and coping. Especially if any of us have the added burden of a serious illness or if we are caregivers in need of compassionate assistance to fulfill our important role in the lives of those who trust us to be there.

A team can be there for you. Take the time to assemble your team.

How wonderful for those of us who suffer from schizophrenia…that recent research is pointing toward options opening up and available in terms of treatment strategies. Don’t we all feel better knowing we options.

With a synchronized support team working like a machine to tackle challenges: Hope in on the Horizon for a better tomorrow.

If you or a loved one is dealing with schizophrenia, the following link below may be of deep interest to you: please do your own research to discover the best treatment options available for you personally or for your loved one.

For further reading: An abstract of the article in The American Journal of Psychiatry is available

Yet, Another Reason to Stop Smoking

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 03:10 PM
Author: Chato Stewart

NO Clean Air–doesn’t seem fair.

NO Clean Air–doesn’t seem fair.  How can we expect youth, who are the future leaders, to make it to adulthood without their fundamental human rights being respected?  All of us, young and old, have the fundamental human right to breathe. All of us have absolutely no control over what family we are born into. One that may expose us to clean air or one that may expose us to toxic air.

Smoking among people with a serious mental health diagnosis is higher than the general population.  This is from a study (published in 2012 and updated in 2013) which gives you an idea how serious an issue this addiction is for people living with mental health diagnosis such as: bipolar, depression or another mental health disorder.

“Adults with mental illness 70 percent higher than for adults with no mental illness”- Smoking among U.S. adults”

Adults with some form of mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than adults with no mental illness, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report finds that 36 percent of adults with a mental illness are cigarette smokers, compared with only 21 percent of adults who do not have a mental illness.¹ ~ Press Release Smoking among U.S. adults

As adults–we do have a choice to SMOKE (or not)! So what if we smoke right, it can’t be as bad for us as being mentally symptomatic all day? Maybe, we feel a cigarette or e-cigarette (research is still out on any health value), is better than puffing down a pack or two a day to help our mood or depression.  Even the CDC understand that “Adult smokers with mental illness are also less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than adult smokers without mental illness.
Great, you can do what you want, but you know the realty is: smoking is is bad for your health and leads to many health issues; most notably death.  Quitting is hard yet it is worth it. Clean air is worth it.
A choice to breathe…clean! A choice to breathe healthy air that doesn’t pollute/endanger our body. A choice to breathe healthy air that doesn’t pollute/endanger our environment. A choice to breathe healthy air that doesn’t pollute or endanger our children. Of course, breathing is a very personal matter.  Long-learned habits of living can be changed. Remove smoking as a coping skill and replace it with something healthy…walking, writing, drawing, something that inspires you. Smoking is no longer a lifestyle, it’s like recovery or addiction and should be treated as such. Remove all temptations yet, don’t give up if you have a relapse.
Smokers and non-smokers alike, we all have new things to learn every day. (Myself very much included.) Things that can help improve our health. Things that can help us feel better and feel happier.
Can each of us learn positive-coping-skills that contribute to our over-all mental, physical and emotional health?? (Sure we all can!)  Can we better model as humans our basic fundamental human right of living: breathing? (Sure we can!) Can we respect young life and their basic fundamental human right to grow up? (Sure we can!)
Breathing is a basic bodily function. Breathing clean…a skill: we may have to take time to learn how. Children: another reason to stop smoking and breathe clean!
Peer Consumer Ambassador
Chato Stewart
¹ 9/30/2015| Press Release Smoking among U.S. adults | | Vital Signs

Another Reason to Stop Smoking

Thursday, October 1, 2015 @ 02:10 PM
Author: Chato Stewart

Emotional, mental and physical health is a value of most of us. We’ve all heard countless times how smoking is bad for you. We’ve all heard countless times how second-hand smoke is bad for you, too. Recently, I read eye-opening article and research on the ill-effects of smoking on children. Whether we are parents or not, the following information is of interest because: all of us know a young person trying to grow up well or make their way in this confusing world.

Check it out:

“Researchers from Inserm and Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), in collaboration with the university hospitals of 6 French cities, have analysed data on pre and postnatal exposure to tobacco in the homes of 5,200 primary school children. They show that this exposure is associated with a risk of behavioural disorders in children, particularly emotional and conduct disorders. The association is stronger when exposure takes place both during pregnancy and after birth. These data show the risk associated with smoking in early life and its behavioural repercusions when the child is of school-going age.” ¹ Plos One. (Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioural problems in children) (France)

Smoking as a cause of behavioral problems in children?

Is that another motivating reason to stop smoking or what? Life, school and growing-up safe is challenging enough for our young ones. Then to have the added variable of widely documented studies of tobacco exposure–putting kids at risk for many physical illness most notably is asthma.
What was less well known in terms of tobacco exposure was the emotional and conduct disorders it’s linked to and behavioral problems triggers in children. The what and why of the potential role of environmental tobacco smoke  (ETS) exposure in any form and now it play a role in emotional behavioral problems in children is team led by “Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Inserm Research Director at Unit 1136, ‘Pierre Louis Public Health Institute‘ (Insermh/UPMC) examined the association between pre- and postnatal ETS exposure and behavioural problems in children.“² Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioural problems in children…

¹ 9/30/2015| Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioural problems in children| | Plos One

² 9/30/2015| Early exposure to tobacco as a cause of behavioural problems in children| | Plos One



One Group, Handling Two Problems For One Person

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 09:09 AM
Author: Chato Stewart

The follow group will be provide by NAMI of Lee, Charlotte & Hendry Counties @CBHC.

Starting October
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care
1700 Education Avenue
Punta Gorda, FL  33950

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Walk-In)

in the Conference Room #1, Building A


Two Problems One Person (2P/1P)

One Group, Handling Two Problems for One Person; almost sounds like an idiom. Such as,”A bird in the hand is better then two in the bush.” While that proverb/idiom means its better to have a bird then a risk losing it.   I assure you Two Problems, One Person is far from an idiom!  The two problems it referring to is serious , yet one person could lose everything with out help, with out support..

Weekly Support Two Problems, One Person

Two Problems, One Person (2P/1P) is a weekly adult (18 & over) support group for individuals with a dual diagnosis.
Dual diagnosis, or co-occurring disorders, are terms used to describe when a person has both a mental illness or mood disorder and a problem with substance abuse or addiction.  A person who has a dual diagnosis has two separate illnesses, and each illness has it’s own issues to address. 
Two Problems, One Person (2P/1P)  group provides a safe, welcoming and confidential setting.  In group individuals can feel comfortable to discussing issues of dual recovery and feel accepted and understood by others who have shared common experiences.  Created by NAMI of Lee, Charlotte & Hendry Counties.

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care is happy to have NAMI of Lee, Charlotte & Hendry Counties.  This is not a service proved by CBHC. This groups is open to the public and managed by NAMI of Lee, Charlotte & Hendry Counties