Cartoon – the medicalisation of personality disorders (and of normal personality traits)

medicalisation of deviant behaviour cartoon

Medicalisation of deviant behaviour cartoon
The nature v nurture debate on human personality
Neurological origins of behavioural traits

A cartoon about the tendency to invoke medical reasons for deviant personality traits, for abnormal personality traits or even for normal aspects of personality.
It shows one aspect of the nature v nurture debate

An illustration about the medicalization of behaviour. This may include behavioural syndromes ranging from psychopathic tendencies and deviance to conditions such as hyperactivity, ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), rebelliousness or non-conformity.
In this cartoon I’ve invented a medical condition that is being used by a parent to justify her child’s aberrant or antisocial behavior

The cartoon reflects the tendency to claim, for instance, that particular parts of dna are responsible for criminal behaviour – thus removing responsibility from the person and placing it on the dna
The image is not meant to imply that there is no neurological basis for behaviour, just that it can sometimes be used as an excuse for bad behaviour
The subject of neurological origins for criminal behaviour is dealt with in the book The Anatomy of Violence by Adrian Raine

The cartoon was first published in Prospect magazine in May 2013

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League tables cartoon

league table cartoon

League tables cartoon
A government department creating a league table of league tables

A cartoon about society’s obsession with league tables.

League tables exist in education, with school league tables, hospitals and more
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Vaccine scare cartoon. Health scare hysteria

vaccination media scare cartoon

Vaccine scare cartoon. Health scare hysteria

A cartoon about media driven hysteria over health issues.
The cartoon shows a doctor looking at a hyperdermic syringe and thinking “One of the side effects of this vaccine will be a hysterical reaction in the media.”

A jpoke about medicine, doctors, hypodermic syringes
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Safeguarding against litigation in the health service

health service litigation cartoon

Safeguarding against litigation in the health service – cartoon

An illustration depicting excessive health tests being done on a patient in order to guard against the possibility of later litigation against negligent health care

A cartoon about litigation culture, lawsuits against health services, doctors, hospitals.
This cartoon was originally drawn to illustrate an article in the BBC magazine Knowledge
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Health statistics cartoon

dentist drilling down to statistics cartoon

Health statistics cartoon
A cartoon showing a dentist ‘drilling down’ to find health statistics

The cartoon shows a man in a dentist’s surgery

The joke is in the pun on the term ‘drilling down’
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Government health advice – cartoon

government health advice cartoon

Government health advice cartoon
A cartoon about official health advice

A cartoon showing a man standing on weighing scales, with the scales breaking due to the great weight of the book of health guidelines that the man is holding.

A cartoon about excessive health guidelines, the nanny state, health and safety guidelines
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Norovirus cartoon – winter vomiting virus cartoon

norovirus cartoon

Norovirus cartoon
Winter vomiting virus cartoon

A cartoon about the annual recurrence of epidemics of the winter vomiting virus or norovirus

The cartoon is about the way that the press or media report the spread of the illness. The press has a tendency to distort statistics and to inflate risks for the sake of a good story, so it’s sometimes hard to know what the real risks from epidemics such as the norovirus (or bird flu, etc) really are.
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Dieting cartoon

dieting - stamping on diet book - cartoon

Dieting cartoon – a dieter stamping on a diet book in which the diets don’t work

A cartoon about dieting and diets

A cartoon showing a dieter stamping on a diet book.
Cartoon about weight, weight watchers, obesity, overweight people, bathroom scales
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Health and safety gone mad – cartoon

Health and safety gone mad cartoon

Cartoon. Health and safety gone mad.

A cartoon about the petty rules and over-zealous implementation of laws concerning health and safety regulations.

A humorous illustration showing an officious official making a judgement on a health and safety issue. A child wrapped in cottonwool to protect it from danger – but the cotton wool leaves the child’s face exposed to danger.

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Optician cartoon. A cartoon about people’s worlds being limited to their phone

eye test phone cartoon

Cartoon about people’s lives being limited to their cell phones or mobile phones

A cartoon about people’s over-reliance on phones and obsession with phones

Cartoon showing someone having their eyes tested at an opticians.
The person is looking at an eye chart and is saying “Why would I need to be able to see something so far away from my phone?”

A cartoon about people’s worlds being limited to their phones, opticians, eye tests, optometry cartoon, optometrist cartoon, ophthalmic opticians, ophthalmology, mobile phones, tunnel vision, eyesight, shortsightedness, phone addiction, 4G phones, 3G phones

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Dalek cartoons. Daleks and stairs cartoon – using a wheelchair access ramp

dalek cartoon - stairs and disabled access

Dalek cartoon
Daleks using a wheelchair access ramp instead of stairs

This dalek cartoon is based on a well known dalek cartoon by cartoonist Birkett that appeared in Punch in 1981.
In the original cartoon the daleks were thwarted in their ambition to conquer the universe by a flight of steps or stairs, as daleks are famously of limited or restricted mobility (as they are basically motorised wheelchairs).
In my updated version there is a wheelchair access ramp alongside the stairs, allowing them to now conquer the universe.
When the original Birkett cartoon was drawn there weren’t as many wheelchair ramps or as much awareness of disabled access. Part of the joke in this cartoon is that the daleks can now conquer the universe because of the well intentioned increase in handicapped or disabled access (an example of unintentional consequences).

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Dalek cartoons. Dalek limited mobility

daleks restricted mobility cartoon

Dalek cartoon
For daleks restricted mobility is no obstacle to trying to conquer the universe

This week on tv the daleks were in Dr Who and the paralympics were taking place.
The daleks famously have restricted mobility, as they are basically motorised wheelchairs.
The paralympics show a positive approach to disability, so it seems right to point out that the daleks are a positive role model for the disabled too, as their limited mobility is no impediment to their attempts to conquer the universe.

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Deafness cartoon or hard of hearing cartoon

deafness cartoon

Deafness or hard of hearing cartoon

A cartoon about the way that for deaf people or people with hearing difficulties it can be hard to hear what other people are saying, especially in social situations where several people are talking at once or where there’s a lot of background noise.

A cartoon about hearing impairment, impaired hearing, hearing aids, social disadvantage.
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Medical budget increases – cost of medicine cartoon

health spending increasing graph cartoon

Health spending increasing – cartoon.
Increases in health spending caused by increased use of prescription drugs

Cartoon showing doctors and medical staff rolling a pill or tablet up a graph

A cartoon about the cost of medicine, the burden on the health services of the cost of medical treatment
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Health budget – health spending increases cartoon

health spending rolling pill up graph cartoon

Health spending increasing – cartoon.
Increases in health spending caused by increased use of prescription drugs

Cartoon showing doctors and medical staff rolling a pill up a graph

A cartoon about the cost of medicine, the burden on the health services of the cost of medical treatment
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Health and Safety cartoon – Health and Safety gone mad cartoon

health and safety manual - cartoon

Health and Safety cartoon
Health and Safety gone mad cartoon

Cartoon showing a health and safety manual that is so full of petty health and safety regulations that it is too heavy to pick up without violating health and safety rules

Cartoon about the health and safety society, manuals, litigation society
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How to deal with the impact of an aging population

aging population encourage smoking - cartoon

Aging population cartoon.

How to deal with the problem of an aging population

The comic suggests that a way to reduce the impact of an aging population is to encourage people to smoke more cigarettes, thus reducing the number of people who live to an old age.

The joke is that while these campaigns are normally about trying to improve people’s health, such as by campaigning to stop them smoking, the one depicted here is to encourage a method of shortening people’s lives by taking up smoking.
A cartoon about increasing numbers of pensioners, demographics, health policy, health education, anti-smoking campaigns

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Gene doping cartoon or illustration. Will gene doping occur in the 2012 Olympics?

dna gene doping syringe illustration

Gene doping cartoon or illustration

A cartoon about gene doping in sport, Olympics gene doping. Genetic manipulation in competitive sport.

The illustration shows a hypodermic syringe with a double helix strand of dna inside it

Gene doping is defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as the non-therapeutic use of cells, genes, or genetic elements to improve athletic performance.
Gene manipulation for muscle enhancement in athletics and other sport has bioethical implications similar to those involved in chemical doping and other methods of gaining an unfair advantage over sporting competitors.
Genetic manipulation in athletics and other sport may include ways of increasing muscle growth, altering blood characteristics, increasing endurance, enhancing oxygen dispersal and reducing pain perception.
A cartoon or illustration about gene therapy, genetic manipulation, ethics of gene doping

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Joke about the arrival of summer – the first swallow and first hay fever sneeze

 first swallow and first hay fever sneeze joke

Cartoon about the arrival of summer – the first swallow arriving at the same time as the first hay fever sneeze

Showing gardeners in a garden seeing the first swallow of summer and hearing the first hay fever sneeze at the same time.

Traditionally it’s the sound of the first cuckoo that heralds the summer, however cuckoos are now becoming rarer. Meanwhile, hay fever is becoming more common, so the sound of a hay fever sneeze is replacing the call of the cuckoo as the harbinger of summer.
A cartoon about allergies, seasons

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Hospital garden cartoon – a sickly plant put on a drip

hospital garden cartoon

Hospital garden cartoon – plant on a drip

Hospital garden cartoon – showing a sickly plant that has been put on a drip

A cartoon showing a doctor in the garden of a hospital. He has noticed that one plant looks sickly, so he’s put it on a drip.
A cartoon about ways of supplying nutrients to garden plants. Drip mechanisms are a common method of irrigating crops or of watering garden plants, so the drip joke isn’t actually very far fetched.

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Psychiatry and therapy cartoon

Cartoon -mind your head - therapist

Therapy cartoon.

Cartoon about the sometimes unnecessary use of therapy and psychiatry.
This isn’t a criticism of all therapy and psychiatry by the way, despite appearances. It’s more a questioning of some of the characteristics of some of the practices – their philosophies, policies, politics and so on.

A cartoon about counselling, therapy, psychiatrists.
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Therapy cartoon. If you’re too happy perhaps you need therapy

Cartoon - you're too contented - you need therapy

Psychotherapy (or just plain therapy) Cartoon. Happiness cartoon.

Therapy cartoon – showing a woman saying to her partner “I’m worried about how contented you seem – I think you need therapy”
She is over analysing people’s moods and even diagnosing happiness or being happy as a mental condition that requires treatment.

Happiness cartoon. A cartoon about the potential over use of therapy, analysis, counselling, psychology, psychiatry, psychotic states.
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Anti-smoking cartoon based on John Player Special advertising campaign in the 1980s

Cigarette advert parody illustration

An anti smoking cartoon that parodies cigarette advertising.

This is an anti-smoking cartoon parody of a cigarette advertising campaign for John Player Special cigarettes in the early 1980s.

The cigarette packets were black, and the advertising campaign relied on a number of visual puns and word plays on the word black (using the similarity between the words ‘black’ and ‘back’) – word plays such as “Black chat” (with a photo of two packs of cigarettes looking as though they were talking to each other) and “Flash black” (with a photograph of a cigarette packet surrounded by flashes of lightning).
My parody or spoof advert used similar plays on the word black, but giving it a negative spin such as by using the term “Black death” (with a skull made out of cigarette packets), “Black to the land” (i.e. being in a grave, with a cigarette packet as a gravestone) “Blackstabber” (being stabbed in the back with a cigarette) and “Black against the wall” (being against a wall with a firing squad – the bullets being cigarettes).
This is an anti smoking cartoon or illustration that was drawn when cigarettes were still advertised on bill boards or advertising hoardings in Britain.
An extra touch in the illustration is the figure who is walking out of the cartoon to the left. It is a figure who is wheeling a shopping basket in the form of a John Player Special cigarette packet. The hand clutching the basket is a skeleton, because the figure is death.
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Cartoon. Brain function in the elderly slower than in the young

old people slow thinkers cartoon

A cartoon about the fact that older people are slower thinkers than young people. However, they are also deeper thinkers.

Cartoon. Old people are often dismissed as slower thinkers than the young (especially by the young). However, due to their maturity they are also deeper thinkers than the young. This depth of thought is often overlooked and ignored by the young (because younger people have more superficial thoughts).
In this cartoon the thoughts of older people are likened to the flowing of a great river as it nears the sea – slow and deep – with the thought processes of younger people being compared (by implication) to the rapid, shallow, tumultuous flow of streams nearer the river’s source.

Slower brian function is often equated with loss of brain function, however this doesn’t necessarily imply a simple correlation with inferior brain function.
Of course degenerative brian diseases are another matter.
A cartoon about diminishing brain function in the elderly, brain degeneration, mental skills, IQ tests, intelligence, brian function, wisdom, cognition, cognitive impairment.
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Diet cartoon – food fads and food intolerance

food fad intolerance cartoon

Diet cartoon. A cartoon about gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, dietary fashions and food fad intolerance.

A cartoon about food intolerance, showing a person who is gluten intolerant (and who is rejecting some bread), a person who is lactose intolerant (and who is rejecting some milk) and a person who is food fad intolerant (and who eating a plate full of food that is normally labelled as unhealthy).

A cartoon about food fads, health, dietary fads, ibs, irritable bowel syndrome, nutrition, allergies, allergy, allergic reactions, food scares.

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Therapy cartoon. Anger management counselling

anger management counselling cartoon

A cartoon about anger management therapy.

Cartoon about anger management therapy.
Cartoon showing a group of patients waiting in the waiting room outside an anger management counsellor’s consulting room.
There is a bell outside the consulting room, with a notice on it saying “Please ring before entering”.
The bell is on a fair ground “ring the bell with a hammer” apparatus.

A cartoon about therapy, anger management counselling, councilling, counseling, managing aggression, frustration

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Health and safety gone mad – cartoon

Health and safety gone mad

Cartoon – health and safety gone mad
Health and safety guidelines

A cartoon showing an officious inspector making a judgement on a health and safety issue. A child wrapped in cottonwool to protect it from danger – but the cottonwool itself is judged to contravene health and safety guidelines because it is a choke hazard

A cartoon about the over-zealous implementation of petty rules concerning health and safety regulations

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Smoking health statistics cartoon

Smoking health cartoon. Mortality statistics for smoking-related illness

Smoking health cartoon
Cigarette cartoon

Caption: “If you smoke you’re less likely to die of an age-related illness”.
A cartoon showing a research laboratory doing medical research into the medical and health related effects of smoking cigarettes. The rerearch laboratory belongs to an organisation called “The Tobacco Industry Research Centre”, indicating that it’s sponsored by the tobacco industry.
The results of the research are given a positive spin by announcing that they show that statistically cigarette smokers are less likely to die of age-related illnesses.
This is of course because smokers are statistically more likely to die before they get old enough to suffer from the diseases of old age

A cartoon about vested interests, research bias, statistical misrepresentation, medical research, misleading health statistics

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Darts cartoon. Overweight darts players

Darts cartoon. Darts championship

Darts players cartoon
Cheating at sport cartoon

A darts championship match, showing a dart bouncing out of the board and puncturing the player’s false beer belly
A cartoon about the physique or body type of the stereotypical darts player. The darts player in the cartoon is using a false ‘beer belly’ in order to conform to the stereotype

A cartoon about conformity, cheating, obese, obesity, sport, pub sport, stereotypes

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Childhood obesity cartoon. The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Obesity cartoon. The Pied Piper of Hamelin and childhood obesity

Pied Piper of Hamelin cartoon
Childhood obesity cartoon

Cartoon showing the Pied Piper leading children to a cave. However, the children are all too obese to keep up with him, except for one fit child.
In the usual pied piper fairy tale the piper lures all of the children away, with only one child, who was a cripple, surviving because he couldn’t keep up. This cartoon turns the story on its head, with all of the children being too ufit and over-weight to keep up. The only child who can keep up is the one fit and healthy child from the town

A cartoon about Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, health, diet

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Dyslexia cartoon

dyslexia cartoon

A cartoon about dyslexia

Dyslexia Cartoon. This cartoon shows a dyslexic person arriving at an airport and not being able to read the notice that’s held by the man who’s there to meet him.
Dyslexia is the inability to recognise written words (word blindness), and is a condition that’s unrelated to intelligence or other cognitive functions

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Happiness illustration – the thought processes of an optimist

Illustration - happiness

Psychology cartoon
How to be happy

A cartoon showing happiness. A person thinking happy thoughts that are acting like an umbrella to keep rain off, or as a buffer against the unpleasant side of experience

Psychology cartoon about mental states, mindsets, positive thoughts, positive thought processes, optimism, glass half full, how to be happy, positive energy, cheery, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, smile, smiling

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Psychology cartoon. The thought patterns of an optimist

Illustration. How optimism works

Psychology illustrations. The mind set of an optimist.

Psychology cartoons – a cartoon showing how optimism works. Showing a person thinking optimistic thoughts that are acting like an umbrella to keep rain off.

Psychology cartoon about mental states, mindsets, positive thoughts, positive thought processes, happiness, glass half full, how to be happy, positive energy, cheery, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, smile, incurable optimist, projection.

See also the accompanying illustration about pessimism.

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Illustration. The thought patterns of a pessimistic person

Illustration. How pessimism works

Psychology illustration. The mind set of a pessimist.

Psychology Cartoon – a cartoon showing how pessimism works. A person outside on a sunny day. A thought bubble from the person is hovering over the person’s head. It takes the form of a dark cloud with rain pouring from it.

Psychology cartoon about mental states, mindsets, negative thoughts, negative thought processes, happiness, sadness, depression, how to be happy, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, glass half empty, projection, glum person, gloomy thoughts.

See also the accompanying illustration about optimism.

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Smoking ban cartoon

Smoking ban cartoon. Smokers standing outside office block in street.

Smoking ban cartoon
Smokers in street

Smokers standing in the street outside an office block. The office block is the government’s Department of Health

A cartoon about cigarettes, health, smoke, secondary smoking, no smoking, smoking prohibition

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Hygiene cartoon. An electric hand drier splashing the user’s face

Cartoon showing an electric hand drier splashing the user's face

Hygiene cartoon
An electric hand drier in a public toilet or washroom splashing the user’s face

A cartoon showing a model of hot air hand drier splashing the user’s face with water due to a design flaw of the drier. Hand driers of this type were first introduced by the Dyson company (I think), who pride themselves on their innovations in design. Other companies also make similar hand driers, possibly in imitation.
The Dyson drier is called the Airblade (Dyson has a tendency towards masculine design and names – their vacuum cleaner is very male orientated too!)

A cartoon about health, design flaws, hand dryers, hand washing

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