If you had to imagine your mental illness or disorder as a house, what would it look like?

Federico Babina has just released a new project called Archiatric, which depicts 16 different conditions as works of architecture in various states of repair. The designs are chillingly abstract, but for anyone living with the agony of mental illness, they're all too accurate. An animated video posted to the Barcelona-based digital artist's YouTube page further intensifies the effect of the images.

Babina is known for architecture-inspired work, using a unique geometric style that takes clear notes from cubism. His designs are often surreal, yet underlined with cheeky humour.

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#1

Anxiety

Anxiety

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Denise Mourato
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3 years ago

The walls should be shaking too

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#2

Depression

Depression

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Cat Meow
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3 years ago

Is it supposed to show "feel like drowning all while feeling trapped"?

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#3

Insomnia

Insomnia

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Stephanie Gutman
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm an insomniac and he nailed it!

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#4

Dementia

Dementia

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Jody Dubois
Community Member
3 years ago

Omg people...This man is an artist. These are HIS takes on various human conditions. Stop critiquing his choices and just appreciate his gift and willingness to share with the world.

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#5

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

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Sidsel Kristensen
Community Member
3 years ago

I can relate

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#6

Ocd

Ocd

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Yana La
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3 years ago

The roof does not fit correctly with that pattern........ *internal screaming*

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#7

Autism

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Lemur
Community Member
3 years ago

I truly can relate. This is me. I got Asperger, a form of autism where you are actually pretty smart.

TeaQueen
Community Member
3 years ago

Not everyone with aspergers is smart tho

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Melia Haupfear
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3 years ago

Asperger's isn't a mental disorder or a disease...I find its easier to describe it as a social disorder. With myself as an example, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, but I also enjoy being alone in my own space where I am most comfortable. There is a lot of anxiety involved with socializing because I find it uncomfortable having to explain myself to other people...I have unique and passionate interests that a lot of people do not share and I have a different way of thinking about things! :) The anxiety and isolation get kinda hard sometimes but I think that's just one of the parts of being an Aspie. Most people that I know who are on the spectrum besides myself are highly intelligent. I wish that this wasn't such a common misconception. :)

Chewie Baron
Community Member
3 years ago

Being an Aspie myself, I don't actually agree with this portrayal personally. The gap between the lines isn't equal and anyone Autistic what ever the scale would go mental over that. In reference to the arguments about the levels of smartness, it depends on how you define being smart. I have problems remembering my left and right I can forget what number comes after 12 when counting and I lack common sense. But I've got an I.Q. Of 182 and I can recite Pi to over 2,000 numbers. Swings and roundabouts.

Lauri Shore
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you notice it's not about spacing of the lines, the lines form a spiral - a house spiral of a house inside a house inside a house inside a house. Or a simplified maze. It's insular but accessible.

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Nancy Price
Community Member
3 years ago

Autism is NOT a mental illness!!! It is a neurological disorder!

SP
Community Member
3 years ago

Autism is not a disease or a disorder 😡

Janesza Shade
Community Member
3 years ago

It's called Autism spectrum DISORDER. So yes it is. It's a neurological disorder that affects the brain.

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F Zahran Myers
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3 years ago

As an autistic person, I just can't see how this image relates to me at all. I also have severe anxiety and depression, and both of those illustrations seemed very accurate and compelling, but this one just makes me wonder what on earth the artist was trying to express. I'm not entirely sure what autistic people this artist has been hanging out with, but certainly they must be nothing like myself or every other autie I've ever met...

Harrison Woodman
Community Member
3 years ago

Maybe that's the statement the artist is trying to make about autism: it's hard to understand or it makes things difficult to understand.

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Janice Gardner
Community Member
3 years ago

Autism isn't a mental illness it's a developmental disorder

Amanda Lewis
Community Member
3 years ago

Autism is NOT A mental disorder/illness. It's a developmental delay and therefore a Medical issue.

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
2 days ago

It's not a developmental delay either and refering to it as such is insulting. It is a born genetic learning disability where the brain processes information and surroundings differently with a sensitivity to over stimulation

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Saša Lazić
Community Member
3 years ago

Gender disorder? I'm gonna pretend I'm laughing at that.. At least they didn't include something like "homosexuality disorder". Smh...

Julianne Hannes
Community Member
2 days ago

Not quite accurate at all, needs color and intricate details in a chaotic pattern that is perfectly constructed to the Autistic eye.

Cromwell Kadaj Allosa
Community Member
2 years ago

As a man who suffered from childhood autism, this art simply hit me. Why? INNER HOUSE OUTLINE - it represents US :-) WALLS - so many walls, it resembles me how I behave before, I don't want to socialize with the others, I prefer to be alone and just playing with my toys and gadgets. LINE - The maze-like line I think represent that somebody can still reach reach us regardless how thick the wall is, if and only if they are willing to brave the maze.

Nowaah Clark
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't understand this.

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel like part of the reason there's so much of a stir about this is because there are so many interpretations around the words "disorder" and "illness". They could carry so many implications and none of us know which interpretation the other is using.

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
3 years ago

I'm autistic, and I wouldn't necessarily call it a mental illness... more like a difference. There are pros and cons. Just like being non-autistic. Pros and cons. If I weren't autistic I couldn't do some of the things I can do now, nor persue my career and challenges so passionately.

Celental Midnight
Community Member
3 years ago

Asperger's UNITE!!!!! We are unique, we are beautiful!!! I think this is a pretty good showing in picture!

Johan Johansson
Community Member
3 years ago

The lines are not straight, the symmetry is all off, this is a total misinterpretation. The picture just looks wrong. This i just a picture to annoy people, i'm sure of it. And the line ends just before the opening in the middle, this must be some kind of torture device...

Nick Yielding
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel like this was done by someone on the outside looking in, trying to put what they see into a picture. If I were going to describe autism in the form of a house, I would show you a house that, at a glance, looks like any typical house, and on the inside, has all the same types of rooms you'd expect to see. However, not all of the rooms would serve their expected purpose. The living room might function as the bedroom. The kitchen might function as the laundry room. The bedroom might function as the kitchen. Etc., etc. The person living there makes it work, and functions fine within its walls. However, anyone coming to visit is bewildered trying to make themselves at home, and they are not able to understand how the place is functional. In time the house becomes undesirable to visitors and becomes a de facto prison for its resident.

Corina Vichilu
Community Member
3 years ago

You are so Wright! My son has autism and I totally feel what you described

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Robin Walters
Community Member
3 years ago

I can relate, I have raised and asd son for 20 years now, he is amazing

Charles Laster
Community Member
3 years ago

I relate. I think I've a touch of asperger's.

Alisa Schnackel
Community Member
3 years ago

I have Asperger's syndrome.

Nagy Andrea Lelle
Community Member
3 years ago

great house for aspies :D indeeed.

Rachel Coghlan
Community Member
3 years ago

What is this supposed to be? An onion... I guess autistic people have many layers, some of which cannot be seen from the outside...

Devin Conners
Community Member
3 years ago

I like this deapicrion however I'd look at it the other way around. With the image of the normal black house on the inside in the middle of the ripples, not a an empty looking house.

Cobac Razvan (cobacel)
Community Member
3 years ago

Phobias are not a mental illness

SRAMLNS
Community Member
3 years ago

I probibly have autism but i dont think this is accurate but cool

TeaQueen
Community Member
3 years ago

Well not every person with autism has the same symptoms

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David Robertson
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3 years ago

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This shouldn't be in this list and doesn't make any sense anyway.

Sara Starr
Community Member
3 years ago

With all due respect, I'm autistic and I'm always so happy when autism gets included in these sorts of lists.

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#8

Alzheimer

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Erica Marx
Community Member
3 years ago

This depicts very well the bits and pieces of memory and habit that linger with this disease. The cracks are nearly all the way through, excellent.

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#9

Bipolar

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Danielle Beugger
Community Member
3 years ago

I think this one needs to be worked on.... It's still too safe......

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#10

Phobias

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Yong Hataipat
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like durian house

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#11

Paranoia

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Sheralyn
Community Member
3 years ago

Thought paranoia would be more like numerous eyes watching you or something. A maze sounds more like OCD or anxiety disorder.

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#12

Dyslexia

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Ode
Community Member
3 years ago

The pictures are well thought through, thanks for that. But I don't think dyslexia is a mental illness

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#13

Eating Disorder

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Caitlyn McCracken
Community Member
3 years ago

I love this one. Because it looks like bites have been taken of the outside but there is still a hole in the middle (emptiness). A lot of eating disorders are caused by stress and anxiety, and you eat to fill emptiness (or don't eat, or purge, etc). Well done!

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#14

Dissociative Disorders

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Christina Kernachan
Community Member
3 years ago

I can relate to this... Though in my experience it's more like being in a bubble. Although i fully appreciate what the artist was aiming for. Good job

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#15

Gender Disorder

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SRAMLNS
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3 years ago

Transgender isnt a disorder

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#16

Narcolepsy

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Clarissa Cole
Community Member
3 years ago

All these disorders are in the DSM, which includes all mental illness, including cognitive/regulatory issues. Narcolepsy, dyslexia, etc are all in there.

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