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 sow-ay.fr.

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

More info: Instagram | sow-ay.blogspot.com

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Jonnie SeventyOne
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1 year ago

Yep, spot on.

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Maryen Kelly
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Thank you I needed this.

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year 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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lilspiffy
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1 year 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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aaromal
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1 year ago

this is so true

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year ago

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

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year 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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Randomcthulu
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1 year ago

My lifelong fantasy

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Mary Stiles
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1 year ago

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

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反社会的
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1 year 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.

Petra
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1 year ago

Yes, it is a stigma for many people. I am trying to get rid of this stigma myself. I am thinking of talking about it in public, like for teenagers in schools, etc. but had no courage so far. I tried for decades to cheat on myself, looking always on the bright side of life, but then was finally fed up by telling myself I should be happy and satisfied, just because I live a much luckier life than many others. No, I should be well without this, just for the sake of it. I smile a lot. People think I am a "jolly good fellow". But not inside. However I have support, and I get better... For sure there are many people around you who love you a lot, and their lives are much better having YOU!

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Daric Apai (Darquestar1)
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1 year ago

I hate this about depression. Don't you think I wish I could be positive? I want to then I can't which makes it all the worse and when I open enough to let someone know to get this response I immediately shut down, smile to hide it and I will never open to them again because they don't get it at all. I WANT TO BE POSITIVE.

Tamerah Long
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1 year ago

Wish I could up vote this 100 times more

Zori the degu
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1 year ago

I hate people who say this. How could anyone, depressed or not, be positive in such a cruel and unjust world? We are killing each other, other species, our planet, people are starving, money-hungry idiots walk proudly on everyone's backs... Realism is what you need in order to survive in the long term. Knowledge hurts, but our world doesn't have enough time left for ignorance. These days being positive in a healthy way is a difficult job most people are incapable of doing right, so positive thinking shouldn't be worshipped at all.

Lola DM
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1 year ago

"you have to accept that you can't always be happy" 1. I never asked for your opinion in the first place 2. Don't you be so normative, it's my life, not yours 3. Depression or anxiety has nothing to do with happiness

Gillian Harrison
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10 months ago

No..it doesn’t work that way!

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How to produce sarcasim
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1 year ago

Love is there when you need it most. ❤💕

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SprinkleDrop
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1 year ago

I used to be like this. Painful.

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year ago

This can't describe it better.

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Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

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

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How to produce sarcasim
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1 year ago

Just the world

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BusLady
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1 year 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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The fat potato...
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1 year ago

I wish...

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year 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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1 year ago

This one made me cry

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Alina Prokopenko
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1 year ago

true.

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BusLady
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1 year ago

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

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Virgil Blue
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1 year ago

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

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year 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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反社会的
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1 year ago

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

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Judy Delin
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1 year 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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Emily Taylor
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1 year ago

mE

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BusLady
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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Virgil Blue
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1 year ago

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

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Carol Aguiar
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1 year ago

inside you

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BusLady
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1 year 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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Virgil Blue
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1 year ago

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

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BusLady
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1 year ago

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

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Tanya Garcia
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1 year ago

At least someone cares for you...

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Devious teamwork.

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BusLady
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1 year ago

A killer of Hope.

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T Rex King
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1 year ago

Sweet victory

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BusLady
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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Phoebe Bean
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1 year ago

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

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StealTheFruit
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1 year ago (edited)

I have breakdowns in private. In my mind, or in a bathroom stall. I haven't cried in front of anyone but family for almost two years. That's why I don't think They believe me.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Jumping? Yes, actually. But not into a void. Maybe jumping in a particular rhythm. Maybe you can use some music to help you out. (Doesn't work for everyone, but sometimes it does, and it's harmless)

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depression
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10 months ago

Same thing but no text , no phone.

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Kamryn McNamara
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1 year ago

For me, depression is not tears. My depression is not being able to cry, to get it over with, get it done. My depression is the lack of tears, I can't get over it, and I have to sit with it, deal with it, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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lilspiffy
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1 year ago

Please take your meds more regularly. Missing doses can cause worse depression than if you weren’t on them at all.

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BEC Burns
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1 year ago

These are so clever and insightful. It explains exactly how it is...thankyou for sharing your gift!

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Bluebell Rizzi
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1 year ago

Me XD

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