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 8 months ago

Yep, spot on.

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Maryen Kelly 8 months ago

Thank you I needed this.

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

this is so true

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months ago

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

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months 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 8 months ago

My lifelong fantasy

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Mary Stiles 8 months 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 8 months 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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How to produce sarcasim 8 months ago

Love is there when you need it most. ❤💕

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SprinkleDrop 8 months ago

I used to be like this. Painful.

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months ago

This can't describe it better.

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Bluebell Rizzi 8 months ago

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

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BusLady 8 months 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 8 months 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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How to produce sarcasim 8 months ago

This one made me cry

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Alina Prokopenko 8 months ago

true.

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BusLady 8 months ago

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

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Virgil Blue 8 months ago

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

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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Judy Delin 8 months 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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BusLady 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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Virgil Blue 8 months ago

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

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Carol Aguiar 8 months ago

inside you

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BusLady 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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BusLady 8 months 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 8 months ago

At least someone cares for you...

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BusLady 8 months ago

Devious teamwork.

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BusLady 8 months ago

A killer of Hope.

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T Rex King 8 months ago

Sweet victory

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BusLady 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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StealTheFruit 8 months 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 8 months 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 2 weeks ago

Same thing but no text , no phone.

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Kamryn McNamara 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

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Bluebell Rizzi 8 months ago

Me XD

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