Chances are, some of your friends or relatives are coping with depression. Sometimes the best start in helping the person suffering is to step into his shoes for just a moment. Understanding what does depression feel like, how undermining it is can show the guidelines for help. And if you are not gifted with such great empathy, the compilation of depression drawings that we have created might give you a glimpse of what this mental illness is.

The artists behind these gloomy drawings have first-hand experience dealing with mental illnesses, and their drawings illustrate it in a very relatable way. From monsters living in your head to feelings of complete loneliness, depression is way more debilitating than one might think.

Scroll down below for these depression artworks by various artists and see how they feel or imagine this mental illness.

Living with depression is hard, but it is treatable, so if you think that you might be suffering from it or spot the first depression symptoms with your relative or a friend, don't ignore it. Get help.

#1

Brain Sick

Brain Sick

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Jasmine Chen
Community Member
4 years ago

like me doing math right now

Black Arrow
Community Member
4 years ago

That's actually so disrespectful to people who actually feel this way.

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Natalie
Community Member
4 years ago

This illustrates deep depression so well... Debilitating, overwhelming, and the foetal position is the exact posture you want to be in.

Aria Sweet
Community Member
1 year ago

true life

Aylin Rooijakkers
Community Member
1 year ago

Besides the beautiful translation of feeling to image, let's all take a moment to appreciate the incredible skill displayed here!! Such a dark head and still that much detail is skill AF! I applaud you man, this is insane good!!

Austin Grier
Community Member
1 year ago

me when depressed ahaha and want to run away

Aaron Dillman
Community Member
2 years ago

It's kinda like that

James Bee
Community Member
2 years ago

Sometimes it creeps up on you and slithers in,......

Tony X
Community Member
3 years ago

Just to add... desert-5ba...05b278.jpg desert-5ba120c05b278.jpg

Power Within You
Community Member
4 years ago

There is a way to overcome depression once and for all, and I don't mean suicide. I wrote the first post on my blog about this here: http://powerwithinyou.net/how-do-i-overcome-depression

Bruno Freixo
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup :(

john richmond
Community Member
4 years ago

I never thought that I would experience my mind energy as a visual. What a horribly, dreadfully accurate definition through art. Thank you. I think.

Melina Pothier
Community Member
4 years ago

@Pham Tung, you are just as ignorant as jasmine. It's best for you to keep quiet and if you didn't click on this link to better understand and empathize with this disorder, then refrain from speaking.

Tess Riou
Community Member
4 years ago

That also looks like my migraines

Ana Super
Community Member
4 years ago

This happens when I start studying

Abbie Hundt
Community Member
2 months ago

I have depression, and this is actually okay when it comes to accuracy. My experience with depression is a little different than what is depicted. Keep in mind that people all experience depression differently, but for a general description, this is amazing. :)

Robert Charles
Community Member
4 months ago

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Alon Vedrovnik
Community Member
1 year ago

Hi.. Is there an option the use the picture? I am doing a video cover for 'Jeremy' and want to show some painting as this that made by deprresed people

다프니미스 미비
Community Member
1 year ago

When I don't want to think anything but I can't

Carole Thomas
Community Member
4 years ago

That's how it feels

François-David Camps
Community Member
4 years ago

image 1

Dora Tonksová
Community Member
4 years ago

this is it. This one is what I feel like.

Sue Brigham
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd say this was quite accurate

Angelika Okotokro
Community Member
4 years ago

From the outside, everything looks normal, but inside my head I am curled up and I just want to die :(

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
4 years ago

for real

Velma Person
Community Member
4 years ago

Cool...

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

...ignorant.

mahsima
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats it ! U are sadly alone up there in your head !! In pain !

Anak Shaleh
Community Member
4 years ago

social anxiety

endelbendel
Community Member
4 years ago

That's good. They can think only about themselves.

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#2

Mind Devour

Mind Devour

The painting describes a person with mental problems such as schizophrenia, insanity, depression, or other mental health problems. His endless screaming makes his own mind eat him up.
I have periods in my life where I feel like this. I wanted to make an illustration of my thoughts and my pain within.

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Eva Ross
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks like the cover of Pink Floyd The Wall (the movie)

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#3

Depression

Depression

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Little letitia
Community Member
4 years ago

People always say my head is in the clouds. Little do they know those clouds are black and heavy with storms.

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#4

Colorful Depression

Colorful Depression

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Ditto
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadly beautiful.

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#5

Depression

Depression

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Natalie
Community Member
4 years ago

Powerful image!

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#6

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

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Harvey Tydeman
Community Member
4 years ago

once depression grabs hold of you...

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#7

Depression

Depression

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

Beauty & strong scare.

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#8

Teen Depression

Teen Depression

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Random Person
Community Member
4 years ago

Everyday slowly chipping you away…

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#9

Falling

Falling

A figure sketch from "Falling" a unique art project I worked on from 2010-2014 about my experience with depression.

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Lynn Monet Bevino
Community Member
4 years ago

I can relate to this. This is a great representation of the feeling of falling, helpless, as the agony pulls you in and down. As you submit, because you're too weak from trying to be strong.

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#10

Broken Soul

Broken Soul

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Harvey Tydeman
Community Member
4 years ago

at least he has family to help him put him back together

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#11

My Depression Looks Like This

My Depression Looks Like This

On my 27th birthday my depression was finally just too fucking much. After many years of silently treating the severe recurrent episodes of my major depressive disorder, I gave up. I was not well and I needed to take the time to deal with how bad it had truly gotten. So I basically "came out" as the big faker depression had been telling me I was... no more masks,

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Caitie Forsyth
Community Member
4 years ago

I, too, wear the masks. I just don't trust anyone enough to confide in them. They will just hurt me, like everyone/everything else. At times tho it almost seems more exhausting to hide then it would be to just express the overwhelming fear, pain and anger that is felt.

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#12

My Demons

My Demons

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D Rolls
Community Member
4 years ago

This one hit me pretty hard

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#13

Can't Escape

Can't Escape

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Alma Sánchez
Community Member
4 years ago

So damn familiar...

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#14

Depressed

Depressed

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Jasmine Chen
Community Member
4 years ago

This looked so depressing I feel depressed too...

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#15

Falling Into Depression

Falling Into Depression

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Varjosielu
Community Member
4 years ago

All too familiar feeling :(

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#16

Depression

Depression

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Daniela Petrova
Community Member
4 years ago

emptiness

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#17

Falling Sketch No. 55

Falling Sketch No. 55

This depression in art project is a visualization of personal experience with depression and anxiety. The condition brought on frequent episodes where I felt emotionally and physically out of control. Unable to “release” myself from these episodes, I waited for the physical limitations of my body to end them. Recounting the affected years, I realize how accustomed I became to depression’s influence; many emotions and feelings belonged to it and not my own personality. After an extended, untreated struggle, a diagnosis brought relief, and the process of unearthing myself from the disease began.

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Karl Stoll
Community Member
4 years ago

This looks just like depression combined with anxiety. I know this pose all too well.

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#18

Evanesce

Evanesce

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Nurul Bintoro
Community Member
4 years ago

I read it "Evanescence" instead of only "Evanesce"

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#19

Depression

Depression

Depression is like a cancer of the mind.

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Alma Sánchez
Community Member
4 years ago

Your mind becomes your enemy :(

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#20

Black Dog

Black Dog

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

There's a black dog on my shoulder again. Licking my neck and saying she's my friend. Solitude the one thing that I really miss. Guess my life is a compromise. ♬♪

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#21

Depression

Depression

Monsters don't live under your bed, they live inside your head.

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Random Person
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadly true

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#22

Depression

Depression

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Melina Pothier
Community Member
4 years ago

I relate strongly to this. After I've driven myself to exhaustion with my OCD and depression and finally pass out on my bed tired from trying to fight it.

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#23

Good Bye Depression

Good Bye Depression

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Angelika Okotokro
Community Member
4 years ago

Promising!

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#24

Hopelessness

Hopelessness

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GalaxyInAJar
Community Member
4 years ago

Bleeding out as you put on mask after mask

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#25

Depression

Depression

This dark drawing was inspired by depression and the effect it has on people, its a subject that's very close to my heart and i feel very passionate about it. So I created this image almost to try and explain depression to someone who's never experienced it or can not understand the effects it has on people.

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sixdeadelves
Community Member
4 years ago

This one made me tear up a little

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#26

Depression

Depression

Someone somewhere feels less alone when finding that they can relate to something. Mental illness can feel extremely isolating.

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Gatcha KK
Community Member
11 months ago

Such beautiful art and sad meaning

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#27

Again Insomnia

Again Insomnia

Really troublesome. My mind can't settle. Sometimes it end up with... twisted dream.
I feel so depressed and sad every time I wake up, especially when everyone has gone.

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Katherine price
Community Member
3 years ago

I understand

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#28

Art During A Time Of Depression

Art During A Time Of Depression

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Tara Wallace
Community Member
4 years ago

F.I.N.E. = F@#$ed Up, Insecure, Neurotic & Emotional

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#29

November

November

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Tara Hulko
Community Member
3 years ago

This is beautiful and hits home

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#30

She's Not Sad. She Feels Empty

She's Not Sad. She Feels Empty

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Magpie
Community Member
4 years ago

Yes empty

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#31

Parasite

Parasite

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Belinda Matson
Community Member
4 years ago

Apt: demon clawing through the mind while the subject is immobile

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#32

Depression

Depression

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Julie Campos
Community Member
1 year ago

Heartbreakingly beautiful

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#33

Burden

Burden

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Katie Ru
Community Member
4 years ago

Sometimes it feels that it is the only escape....

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#34

The Other Bedroom

The Other Bedroom

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Tara Hulko
Community Member
3 years ago

This is amazing. You really capture the essence that is depression

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#35

Depression

Depression

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Daniela Petrova
Community Member
4 years ago

alone in the dark

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#36

Red

Red

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Angelika Okotokro
Community Member
4 years ago

And it keeps on chewing ...

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#37

Sickness

Sickness

I feel sad and cold. But happy, because I have friends. So I feel guilty that I'm sad.

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Daria B
Community Member
4 years ago

To be honest. This one precisely describes how I felt through some phases on particularly sensitive days. Excessive guilt is so.... Terrible.

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#38

Depression

Depression

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Angelika Okotokro
Community Member
4 years ago

Seeing the world through a veil.

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#39

I Decided To Give Art Therapy A Go To Work Through Some Stuff - This Is My Interpretation Of Depression, Anxiety And Depersonalisation

I Decided To Give Art Therapy A Go To Work Through Some Stuff - This Is My Interpretation Of Depression, Anxiety And Depersonalisation

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George Marceau
Community Member
1 year ago

Accurate

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#40

Depression

Depression

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Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

You feel shattered completely

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#41

Brain Fog

Brain Fog

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Debbie Chappell
Community Member
4 years ago

I can relate to most of these images. I have my depression mostly under control these days. When it comes now, it is like this, a brain cloud that I can feel the darkness gathering and engulfing me. An improvement from the animal clawing desperation of past days.

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#42

Morning Kiss From Your Depression

Morning Kiss From Your Depression

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Mary Alice Lynch
Community Member
4 years ago

Nothing like waking up with that cold dread feeling.

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#43

Depression

Depression

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Tieryen LaPlant
Community Member
4 years ago

"Nothing kills a man faster than his own head"

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#44

Depression

Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
4 years ago

That face on the right, disappearing

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#45

Dystopia

Dystopia

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Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

You lose who you are...

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#46

Depression

Depression

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Tanya Garcia
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hello darkness my old friend"

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#47

Depression Self-portrait

Depression Self-portrait

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Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

You just want to make it stop....anything to make it stop.

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#48

Depression

Depression

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Heather Cox
Community Member
4 years ago

"Mommy, why do you listen to sad music most of the time"

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#49

Old Man In Sorrow

Old Man In Sorrow

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D-Nice 1738
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of a Van Gough

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#50

Depressive

Depressive

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Lexi Ridley
Community Member
4 years ago

i love this so much oh my god

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#51

Depression

Depression

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H.M. Jordan
Community Member
4 years ago

you're trying, you're reaching to get out, but it just keeps pulling you back into the pit.

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#52

Depressed

Depressed

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Ali Karimkoo
Community Member
4 years ago

Great

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#53

Untitled

Untitled

I'm having a hard time reminding myself why I bother to keep going, I've suffered with depression most of my life, lost my job and my health went downhill, sitting here alone, after years of therapy and trying, I'm just feeling defeated.

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Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 years ago

There are so many pictures, and so many people commenting on them. I think more people suffer from mental illnesses/disorders than don't. We are the majority. Let's stick together and support each other.

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#54

Straight Jacket

Straight Jacket

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Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

They all called me crazy....but they didn't know the constraints and horrors of my own mind.

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#55

Depression

Depression

"Depression" - painting by my grandmother

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Jessica Hudson
Community Member
4 years ago

This

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#56

I Drew A Picture Of Depression

I Drew A Picture Of Depression

I've always imagined my depression as a sort of creature that hangs around, and when it gets bad it's trying to scoop me up. So I drew it.

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Tiina Lehtineva
Community Member
2 years ago

This is kind of like mine too. Mine had a name, Charlie.

#57

Depression

Depression

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Ulrika Tück de Mantel
Community Member
4 years ago

Great

#58

Depression Distorts Reality

Depression Distorts Reality

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Morgan Tootle-Speaker
Community Member
2 years ago

no matter how beautiful life is, you're still trapped in there.

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#59

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

Stress, Anxiety, Depression

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Elecia Windmeyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Realizations of your own emotions...that part sucks

#60

Depression

Depression

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Magpie
Community Member
4 years ago

edit: i'm safe, thank you

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#61

Depression

Depression

My roleplay character Seth, who struggles with PTSD and depression. This is a simple illustration of what that feels like.

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Tara Hulko
Community Member
3 years ago

Perfect

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#62

Feels

Feels

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George Marceau
Community Member
1 year ago

You call out but no one hears you. No one understands how you feel

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#63

Depression

Depression

This drawing was inspired by an article that talked about the bio-polar tendencies that a depression person experiences.

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Tara Hulko
Community Member
3 years ago

This is me

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#64

King Of Depression

King Of Depression

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Oumayma Bellila
Community Member
4 years ago

so that's what he actually looks like

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#65

Broken Wings

Broken Wings