Back in 2016 I created 31 different dark art interpretations of mental illness disorders for Inktober (that were featured on Bored Panda), in order to start an unconventional conversation.

In the past 2 years, mental health has become more openly talked about, but many people suffering from mental illnesses are still considered "crazy" or "mental". And as long as the stigma remains, I'll keep creating artwork to continue that conversation.

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#1

Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

A mental health disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities.

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#2

Generalized Depression

Generalized Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh yes.

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#3

ADHD

ADHD

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Ronan Watson
Community Member
2 years ago

As an adult with ADD and a kid very much with ADHD it can be a very hard thing to manage. Medication helps but with it comes a need to be very organized and structured because if you aren't your world falls apart. I remember playing baseball as a child and if a butterfly flew past the game was over for me.

NoYFB
Community Member
2 years ago

I have ADD and without my meds I'm pretty much tied to bed. The fatigue is just huge. I'm constantly overthinking stuff and that's what makes me tired. That and using my energy trying to focus. Long conversations are difficult without meds too. My mind wanders and often I'm there but still not there if you know what I mean. I'm not stupid but because I haven't been listening, I have no idea what others have said and probably seem a bit "slow" at times. I might also start talking about... let's say paintings and soon realize I've been talking about scissors and have no idea how I got to that subject. My inner world is awesome, rich and interesting and I'm creative and have a weird and twisted sense of humor. Because of that I would probably not even give my ADD away if someone suddenly found a miracle "cure" for it.

Sam Deer
Community Member
5 months ago

Sounds like me too a tea im very tandon ie random i havernt been diagnosed

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Tony Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

As someone who was diagnosed late in life with ADHD, with a son and a daughter who was diagnosed with ADHD, and who's mother more than likely suffered ADHD/ADD I can tell you that it is a mixed bag of insanely annoying issues. I could not keep a job until after I started taking the medications, and learning how to organize. I could always learn anything I wanted to know so very quickly, but it meant I didn't have a deep understanding of anything because nothing could keep my attention. I could sound so very informed about anything (and still can) initially, but I could not get deeply into the subjects because I had no more than a rudimentary understanding of anything. Thankfully today I am finishing my Ph.D., my mother received her Ph.D., and my children are able to do much better. I do not agree with the over medication of our children and over prescription of ADHD meds, but in some cases, its very much needed.

Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

i need some explanation of all of this disorder. i don't know most of this disorder means. it looks cool though

A Ghost
Community Member
2 years ago

I see that Nugget and Flisey have answered but as someone who has ADD I thought I could chime in! My ADD manifests in the sense that I can physically not work on something. My brain just shuts down and I just can't do it. It feels like my thoughts are being weighed down in some way. I do understand how people who don't have this can see it as silly. When I take my medication I even think that about myself. I also have a difficult time remembering basic information like names and locations as my brain doesn't really care. It's kind of like a strainer in my mind. But the strainer has holes that are so big that a lot of information just falls away. On the other hand, when I am focused I'm able to efficiently work for a period of time around 1-2 hours (This is without meds). There are a lot of misconceptions about ADD and ADHD, mostly that we just don't want to work. Anyways I hope you have a grand day!

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Emily Reid
Community Member
1 year ago

my brother has this and im pretty sure I have ADD as I have a very short attention span unless it's for something I actually care about, I get distracted easily and I normally start to daydream every 5 seconds...

Lana Belysheva
Community Member
2 years ago

Such true depiction

drfox
Community Member
2 years ago

I have ADHD this is awesome

Jack
Community Member
2 years ago

It is me

Olivia Lenyk
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I'm looking through these comments and can relate to almost EVERYTHING y'all are saying about your ADHD, my dad had ADD and it may even be hereditary on his side but I've researched, taken tests/checklists online (i know they're false and I'm not self diagnosing, I'm just adding i have gotten severe ADHD on pretty much every single one), and I have many many many of these symptoms. I can't go get testes/diagnosed though because my dad thinks im overreacting and my mom thinks im overreacting/want drugs. yay me.

Kyoaiya Sorasume
Community Member
1 month ago

I have ADHD, this is true for me.

Andrew Kennebeck
Community Member
1 month ago

This is almost exactly what it's like for me. everything just keeps me from staying off task no matter how hard I actually TRY to keep on doing what I'm supposed to be doing. An example for me is when I was playing soccer. I ended up snapping my attention to a few grasshoppers, lost focus on the game and the person trying to snatch the ball from me, and we collided. It's just hard to focus on anything, even with medications to help.

Giovanna Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

I was diagnosed with adhd at a young age and now with all this covid-19 stuff my mom can't take me to the doctor to get my prescription now I've been having the worst time in school and can't remember much and always in my own world it's hard and now with all this my anxiety has gotten worse to the point where I'm biting and peeling my lips till they bleed it's hard with all this stuff going on not just for me, for everyone.

Billie Atkins
Community Member
9 months ago

Very distracting disorder, but it can be cool, at times. (creativity and stuff)

Boba•bear
Community Member
11 months ago

this looks to be homest more like ADD

Tallulah Benton
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow this explains ADHD perfectly for me. At 13 it’s very hard to live with.

Carmina Acevedo
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so accurate, thank you

Anonymous Dude
Community Member
1 year ago

yup found mine

Malachi Phillips
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so true and sad for me

QueenSKYEE
Community Member
2 years ago

Attempt to stay on task!!

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

If your child can read this they more than likely have ADHD. I can read this SURPRISE!!! My son has ADHD

Beth Snyder
Community Member
2 years ago

AD/HD is not a mental illness; it's a neurological condition

Chairs R Awesome
Community Member
2 years ago

Its a bit of both. https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/add-adhd/is-adhd-a-mental-illness

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Minnow White
Community Member
2 years ago

I have ADHD and it is not that bad 😄

Tony Moon
Community Member
2 years ago

Remember that everyone has a different outlook on their own diagnosis. When I was in the Marine Corps, ADHD actually helped me. But when I started working in the civilian world I was suddenly unable to keep a job because I was completely unfocused.

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

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#4

Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by reoccurring unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something terrible is going to happen.

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#5

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

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2 years ago

It does feel like this. Like everything and everyone is watching you, ready to laugh at you when you fail.

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#6

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Disorder

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Nonsuicidal self-injury disorder is a mental disorder that refers to the deliberate destruction of the surface of ones own body without suicidal intent. These behaviors include cutting, burning, scraping skin, hitting, and biting oneself and are primarily inflicted to cause bleeding, bruising, or pain.

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#7

OCD

OCD

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviours (compulsions).

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#8

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

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Jill
Community Member
2 years ago

What happened to Type II?

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#9

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial Personality Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

since i'm bored anyway,.. A mental health disorder characterised by disregard for other people.

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#10

Schizophrenia Disorder

Schizophrenia Disorder

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Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

A disorder that affects a person's ability to think, feel and behave clearly. Schizophrenia is characterised by thoughts or experiences that seem out of touch with reality, disorganised speech or behaviour and decreased participation in daily activities. Difficulty with concentration and memory may also be present.

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#11

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

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Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

A mental disorder characterised by unstable moods, behaviour and relationships. Symptoms include emotional instability, feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, impulsivity and impaired social relationships.

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#12

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Intermittent Explosive Disorder

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Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

Intermittent explosive disorder (sometimes abbreviated as IED) is a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand (e.g., impulsive screaming triggered by relatively inconsequential events)

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#13

Dependent Personality Disorder

Dependent Personality Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Dependent personality disorder (DPD) is an anxious personality disorder characterized by an inability to be alone. People with DPD develop symptoms of anxiety when they're not around others. They rely on other people for comfort, reassurance, advice, and support.

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#14

Pica Disorder

Pica Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Pica is most common in people with developmental disabilities, like autism and intellectual disabilities, and in children between the ages of 2 and 3. ... People with pica frequently crave and eat nonfood items such as: dirt

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#15

Depersonalization Disorder

Depersonalization Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Depersonalization disorder is marked by periods of feeling disconnected or detached from one's body and thoughts (depersonalization). The disorder is sometimes described as feeling like you are observing yourself from outside your body or like being in a dream. However, people with this disorder do not lose contact with reality; they realize that things are not as they appear. An episode of depersonalization can last anywhere from a few minutes to (rarely) many years.

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#16

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant Personality Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

A disorder characterised by social discomfort and avoidance of interpersonal contact. Someone who has avoidant personality disorder avoids intimate and social contact with others. People with this condition may be extremely shy, fear ridicule and be overly concerned with looking foolish.

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#17

Body Dysmorphia Disorder

Body Dysmorphia Disorder

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Pumbaa
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometimes I have a strange feeling that one of my hands or a foot are waaayyyy bigger and super heavy compared to the other. Like 20 to 200 times bigger! Is that Body Dysmorphia Disorder as well?

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#18

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder, is usually a reaction to trauma as a way to help a person avoid bad memories. Dissociative identity disorder is characterised by the presence of two or more distinct personality identities. Each may have a unique name, personal history and characteristics.

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#19

Delirium Disorder

Delirium Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Delirium is a condition of severe confusion and rapid changes in brain function. Delirium in itself is not a disease, but rather a cluster of symptoms that may result from a disease or other clinical process. Shorter in duration than dementia, it is often the result of treatable physical or mental illness. Underlying causes should be investigated. Delirium can be a side effect of some medications. Delirium is also referred to as "acute confusional state" or "acute brain syndrome."

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#20

Dermatillomania

Dermatillomania

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking or Dermatillomania),... i think it's a disorder about picking own skin or other people skin. (i don't know if it's a dead skin or healthy living skin tissue, it'll be scary if it's the latter)

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#21

Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor

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#22

Cotard's Delusion

Cotard's Delusion

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Hendra Lim
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2 years ago

Cotard delusion is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that they are already dead, do not exist, are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs.

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#23

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

A disorder in which a child becomes excessively anxious when separated from parents. Separation anxiety differs from normal clinginess. Children with the disorder can't think about anything but the present fear of separation. They may have nightmares or regular physical complaints. They may be reluctant to go to school or other places.

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#24

Substance Abuse Disorder

Substance Abuse Disorder

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Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like it's about alcoholic and using any kind of substance that induce intoxicated state with no good purpose

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