I've been living with mental illness for as long as I can remember. And mental illness brings many weird and dark thoughts in my head.

I started these drawings because I'm really bad at explaining those thoughts, and explaining by drawing has always been a lot easier for me. For the French people around here, I also made a French version on Webtoons.

I already made the first post about it some time ago, here it is.

More info: Instagram | French Webtoons | English Webtoons

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Jonnie SeventyOne
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2 years ago

Yep, spot on.

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My illustrations allow me to express my feelings. I've never been great at talking about it, so drawing allows me that. I can hide behind my characters and then share it without having to show my face. With time, it also slowly became a way to inform about mental health issues and to remind people that they are not alone and that it's okay to not be okay. I'm really happy with that part because I wasn't expecting it at all!

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Maryen Kelly
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2 years ago

Thank you I needed this.

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

Anxiety becomes a sumo wrestler putting you in a choke hold, no matter how hard you fight, he still has you in that choke hold. Trapped. Unable to go anywhere.

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I've always been drawing and just never stopped. After high school, I was refused in art schools but kept drawing because I didn't see myself doing anything else. I'm always trying to make something that can be understood by as many people as possible: people who suffer from mental health issues, but also people who don't but may know someone suffering. It's sometimes challenging, but I like that.

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lilspiffy
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2 years ago

This is me right now. I’m on medical leave and I feel guilty when I have fun with family.

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Randomcthulu
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2 years ago

My lifelong fantasy

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I've always been drawing about my life, so the topics of depression and anxiety came naturally when my life became darker. Sharing it publicly took some time because I was scared to have my family and friends see it. I would describe my style as dark humor with a sketchy comic style. But I also like making cute illustrations in a more kid literature style—the opposite of these comics.

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aaromal
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2 years ago

this is so true

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

....Thank you.I'm not enough, I will never be enough, but thank you...

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I started these illustrations around 2014, dared to share them after 2015 and will continue as long as I have something to share on these topics. Seeing people's reactions to my drawings is a huge boost and is very inspiring! It reminds me that I'm not alone and that what I'm doing is useful. It makes me really proud! I never imagined I would be able to help people since I feel like I am broken myself.

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

Sometimes anxiety just hits you like a fucking train. Tackles you to the ground, pins you down, and there's nothing you can do to prevent it or shake it off.

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反社会的
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2 years ago

It isn't always that easy to be positive, I just don't think some people understand that because depression is such a taboo topic, that no one is educated about it.

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If you want to create art—just get started and create! We get better by practicing and never stopping. Talent is just days of work. I personally draw things that are far from perfect, but I keep working.

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How to produce sarcasim
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2 years ago

Just the world

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Mary Stiles
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2 years ago

I never thought that people would be so... self absorbed that they can't even...I don't know.

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I'm a French '90s kid who got refused in art schools after high school and did his best to work as an artist anyway. It's still in progress today.

As I grew up in my twenties, life got darker, so I started drawing about it in English, so my French family wouldn't understand. It slowly got worse and I couldn't get out of my house after 2 big panic attacks that made me too sick and scared to go out. One of them was at one of my art shows, so I felt betrayed by my drawings. The other one was at a concert, so I felt betrayed by music, my biggest support in life. So I decided to get help and talked about it to my doctor. I discovered I had burned out, that I had depression, and that many of my issues were caused by anxiety and panic disorder. With time, I realized I was also facing gender dysphoria. I came out a trans guy, got kicked out of my parents' house by my dad and now draw about all of these strange thoughts in my head and hope to someday make a real living with all of my drawings. I evolved a lot in the last few years. I started hormones, got my own home, got a dog. Today, I think I can say the hardest is in the past. I'd like to try to go to more concerts. To start playing in a band again, to try to start really living.

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

This can't describe it better.

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2 years ago

Love is there when you need it most. ❤💕

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Don't hesitate to talk about how you are feeling to people. We often fear bad reactions, but they are often more open than we imagine. Get help, it's all okay!

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SprinkleDrop
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2 years ago

I used to be like this. Painful.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

I have days when I really can't get out of bed. Then I feel guilty for wasting my day and not being productive. Sometimes I just need a "free" day like this, I keep reminding myself.

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

People ask me "Are you okay?" and my anxiety tells me not to say that I'm' never okay because then they'll ask me why and I'll have to answer questions nobody has found answers to yet, and my depression will never allow me to be okay.

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Bluebell Rizzi
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2 years ago

A picture of my life... Your art is beautiful by the way <3

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2 years ago

I wish...

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This one made me cry

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Alina Prokopenko
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2 years ago

true.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Depression wants to steal your life, like a possessive lover.

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反社会的
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2 years ago

I wouldn't really call them a friend. A toxic one, maybe.

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Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

Well, the wolf thing at least looks kind of friendly.

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Kamryn McNamara
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2 years ago

I have a thing I like to call double depression. I'm always depressed, always sad. But sometimes for no reason, my depression gets so much greater that I can no longer even pretend to be happy or deflect it with humor or laugh with "friends" so they don't ask me about it.

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Emily Taylor
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2 years ago

mE

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Thanks, Mom. Self hate often starts in childhood. Being repeatedly told for years that you are worthless scars you for life.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

The time of day when you are alone with your thoughts, and nothing to distract you.

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BusLady
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2 years ago

That's the last thing I can do: stay still. I feel like I need to get up and run away.

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Judy Delin
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2 years ago

I remember feeling like this. Just getting from one appointment to the next. Sending a message back from where I am now to say it started to feel like a shorter time, and then it felt like 'What am I going to tell him about?' and then 'Perhaps I could go every two weeks' and then 'Perhaps I can take a break'. Things are looking much brighter now

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Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

Yeah, it's always an unpleasant surprise when old man anxiety crashes at your pad.

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Tanya Garcia
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2 years ago

At least someone cares for you...

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Pumpkin Spice
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1 month ago

*raises glass of chocolate milk*

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Without treatment there is no hope. Reach out for it and make it happen. You are worth it.

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Carol Aguiar
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2 years ago

inside you

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BusLady
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2 years ago

A killer of Hope.

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Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

It's probably thinking "Must step up the emotional torture"

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BusLady
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2 years ago

Devious teamwork.

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Phoebe Bean
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2 years ago

I´m taking it one day at a time. That´s how. Otherwise it becomes overwhelming.

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T Rex King
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2 years ago

Sweet victory

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BusLady
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2 years ago (edited)

I couldn't tell you the number of appointments and obligations I have missed because of my illness.

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