137 Artists Try To Show What Depression Looks Like And Some Results Will Make Your Skin Crawl
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.
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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.
People always say my head is in the clouds. Little do they know those clouds are black and heavy with storms.
Major Depressive Disorder
A figure sketch from "Falling" a unique art project I worked on from 2010-2014 about my experience with depression.
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.
at least he has family to help him put him back together
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,
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.
Falling Into Depression
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.
This looks just like depression combined with anxiety. I know this pose all too well.
Depression is like a cancer of the mind.
Monsters don't live under your bed, they live inside your head.
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.
Good Bye 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.
Someone somewhere feels less alone when finding that they can relate to something. Mental illness can feel extremely isolating.
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.
Art During A Time Of Depression
She's Not Sad. She Feels Empty
Apt: demon clawing through the mind while the subject is immobile
The Other Bedroom
This is amazing. You really capture the essence that is depression
I feel sad and cold. But happy, because I have friends. So I feel guilty that I'm sad.
I Decided To Give Art Therapy A Go To Work Through Some Stuff - This Is My Interpretation Of Depression, Anxiety And Depersonalisation
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.
Morning Kiss From Your Depression
You just want to make it stop....anything to make it stop.
Old Man In Sorrow
you're trying, you're reaching to get out, but it just keeps pulling you back into the pit.
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.
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.
They all called me crazy....but they didn't know the constraints and horrors of my own mind.
"Depression" - painting by my grandmother
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.
This is kind of like mine too. Mine had a name, Charlie.
Depression Distorts Reality
no matter how beautiful life is, you're still trapped in there.