Inktober is a relatively new month-long challenge for artists all over the world. It was created by Jake Parker, who came up with the idea to focus on improving skills and developing positive drawing habits. For 31 days of October, everyone who wants to participate creates an ink drawing and posts it online using the #inktober tag. Each year there's a new prompt list to be used for the pictures. Shawn Coss decided to ditch the guidelines and create within a sore theme, posting new mental illness ink depictions every day of the Inktober.

Shawn's mental illness art translates sicknesses of the mind in an eerily accurate way, and his ghoulish illustrations don't end with Inktober. The artist has worked for such clients as the horror king Stephen King himself, creates Cyanide & Happiness cartoons, and even has his own clothing line.

So if you're searching for support with your mental illness or are plainly into horror, check Shawn's art below. It surely gave us the chills!

#1

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

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Joanne Palmer
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5 years ago

I can really relate to this one!

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#2

Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

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Karolina Medina
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5 years ago

That is how I feel in my depression 😔

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#3

Insomnia

Insomnia

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Bec McEwan
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5 years ago

So many night spent like this...

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#4

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Wanni
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5 years ago

Since 5 years I've got this f... disease and I can not bring it on paper how it feels... you got it! Thank you!

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#5

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

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Imani Allen
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5 years ago

This is beautiful. How could I get a copy?

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#6

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

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Pixie Dust
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5 years ago

I always find it fascinating how others see me, compared to how I see myself. While I understand the interpretation, and it is mesmerizing. I find, for me, it feels, like a perpetual black hole inside that nothing can fill, and, forever trying to decipher the reality of what is going on around me, as compared to how I feel is going on around me. People see BPD as instigatory and drama seeking, while, the few I have had the opportunity to talk to, agree, that it's actually reactionary, in a desperate attempt to keep up with the constantly shifting emotions. Chasing what can't be caught, reacting to what has already passed. Amazingly, I do see myself as naked in front of everyone. Like my emotions leave me perpetually ashamed and exposed.

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#7

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Traci Johnston
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5 years ago

I think it's beautiful and perfectly shows the sadness from not being heard or understood.

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#8

Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia

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Kayleigh Liddell
Community Member
5 years ago

My husband is schizophrenic and I must say mostof these images really show the torment of the disorders, but this one could be more so I think. It doesn't show how horrible and degrading schizophrenic delusions can be. It's like torture.. it's like having your entire being torn apart and eaten alive by demons that no one else can see. His voices torment him 24/7... Sometimes his hallucinations keep him from sleeping... Besides it always being like he's in a room full of people judging and putting him down, he also hears explosions and smashing noises that will keep him up all night. This disorder permeates every part of our lives. Of all the seriously mental health disorders I think this one is the most extreme and debilitating BY FAR. Now a days, 2 years into him being a full blown schizophrenic, caring for him is like taking care of an old person with dementia.. he doesn't cook for himself, he barely cleans.. and doesn't remember anthing we talk about.. lots of notes and alarms...

Beth Hackett
Community Member
5 years ago

Kayleigh- I am so in your same position. My (ex?) boyfriend snapped into full blown schizophrenia two years ago. I can relate to everything you've said. It's the worst trying to be a caretaker for someone who's family has all but abandoned him, someone who can't really hold any kind of conversation, who has no concept of what my needs are, who's homeless, basically living in my car... I mean, I could go on. I don't know how you do it. I don't know how I do it., either. But I feel you. I feel and understand all the anguish- because I'm right there, too.

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Carolina Kowal
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5 years ago

"The schizophrenic mind is not so much split as shattered. I like to say schizophrenia is like a waking nightmare." - Elyn Saks :/

Linda Scott
Community Member
5 years ago

The worst part about having this illness, is the bullying I get, and the friends and family that have abandoned me when I've needed them the most. When I lose touch, it's like there is no filter to stop me from saying things I would never say when well. What's the point of even making friends anymore, because they always end up judging me and hating me, and abandoning me. Makes me lonely and suicidal.

Debbie Heath
Community Member
5 years ago

I've got it too ps, my family are useless, xxxxxxx

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Christi Barrientos
Community Member
5 years ago

My only sibling was a paranoid schizophrenic. I think this is a pretty accurate depiction of what my sister felt but never could express for many years up until her death in 2014. Thank you for these drawings. It brings, at least for me, a better understanding and sense of closure knowing the peace she now has.

Levi EVANS
Community Member
3 years ago

i love this image my friend has this disorder and also has ADHD and is always freaking out in school.

AmberWolf
Community Member
4 years ago

Having this must be terrifying

Lara Surring
Community Member
5 years ago

I too have schizophrenia. It can be torture, however I have found many positive aspects of the illness. My brain often sees things in a completely innovative way compared to others which has been advantageous numerous times. My creativity is explosive! My hallucinations and delusions often keep me company when I'm alone. It's not all bad.

Eugene Uttley
Community Member
5 years ago

Having a severe MI like Sz also makes one more empathetic and compassionate regarding the struggles of others. There ARE positives.

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Debbie Heath
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5 years ago

I've got paranoid schizophrenia, it sucks, x

Sydia Bella
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow. I thought it was distorted view and perception. I wouldn't have associated it with multiple voices

Karen Sjerps
Community Member
5 years ago

You did an awesome job depicting the voices, and your drawings are so explicit.

JatosDreglebn Bunnywabbit
Community Member
2 years ago

drinking helps

JatosDreglebn Bunnywabbit
Community Member
2 years ago

drinking helps

Marie-Stéphanie Fradette
Community Member
3 years ago

Hi you! I would like to borrow your image for a presentation. I wrote a novel in which my main character has schizophrenia and to explain this illness to my public, I would like to use this picture. I did not want to steal your drawing so I prefered asking. You can contact me at scoliose047@live.ca for further infos! Thanks!

Sioux Zee
Community Member
5 years ago

💔

Jamie Akins
Community Member
5 years ago

This makes me sad for my daughter to see this. She has Psychotic Features with another diagnosis not Schizophrenia, but she talks about voices all the time four of them. One of them being a very violent dominant male. That voice talked my daughter in to walking in front of a car. She just got tired of hearing him she said. That picture really depicts how she said it just takes over. It just breaks my heart a little as a mother to see it I guess. To see how that could be interpreted.

endelbendel
Community Member
5 years ago

More classic is eyes.

Amber Dawn
Community Member
5 years ago

Ditto

Natasha Basarab
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5 years ago

they got great hair game there must of checked out open barbers x

Eugene Uttley
Community Member
5 years ago

Simply brilliant, this artwork. The dark chorus. In my experience of Sz, they pounce on your every thought and twist it against you. Every single thought, constantly, which is utterly fatiguing and distracting... The detail which strikes me the most here is the suffering in her face. The pain which she is emoting is difficult to put a word on. She looks like she is under siege.

Konstantin Elfimov
Community Member
5 years ago

approve!

Odessa Purves
Community Member
5 years ago

I want to use this artists work for my mental health presentation in nursing, how do I give credit for this?

Jeff Glide
Community Member
5 years ago

I play video games to distract myself from voices and all the other crap, very cool picture, But schizophrenia is sooo manythings going on this is just the tip of the iceberg, luckely I'm fairly highg functioning.

Knowto Peace
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this disorder and it is very frightening. I never thought I would experience this much fear. But I did. Thank God with medication it's very controlled. I don't fool myself by not perusing medication. I rule it by using medication. Hopfully it will work for a long time!

Tanthalas Meyer
Community Member
5 years ago

I wish I could believe you're an innocent artist just drawing for the sake of art but I know that you're really gathering information about the people that live within each of our brains who are always trying to break free from the bonds of our corporeal flesh to exist free in a state if complete consciousness with the ultra-dimensional vibrational beings that really control our every thought and emotion.

Magda Golderos
Community Member
5 years ago

Once I felt like that, it feel so real...so miserable....

Sylvia Pohlot
Community Member
5 years ago

I see 9 extra mouths.......hmmmm

Cody Young
Community Member
5 years ago

Yes, its awful it's like if I miss one dose of my medicine the voices and delusions come rushing back to me. And frankly, I hate it.

Connor James Newton-Higginson
Community Member
5 years ago

I have experienced the exact same symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia and saw a doctor for 2 years. I'm 16 and when I was 14 this broke me. I cannot be diagnosed as I am too young for the full diagnosis of Schizophrenia and saw a therpist(who was lovely I may add). But even if you haven't been diagnosed you are still labelled as. My college is always worried that I'm going to go around hurting people and it's plain stupid. I personally, don't like what the disorder has been labelled as and came to terms pretty quickly with it. It is the worst thing I have experienced and constantly being paranoid is terrifying because you feel isolated.

Haiko van der Leeuw
Community Member
5 years ago

I was told that it's very similar to dreaming whilst you're awake. Dreams seem real until you wake up and your "fact checker"becomes active. Scitsoprenic hallucinations seem just as real, unlike for example drug induced hallucinations.

Aida Abarca
Community Member
5 years ago

Sad very sad,,

Josiah Budd
Community Member
5 years ago

These are all amazing. I would really like to see your interpretation on schizoaffective disorder.

Raisa Kalyanamitta Raksajaya
Community Member
5 years ago

I had this paranoia ... it was scary and I still remember how I struggled to go through it... It's better now but I think it's never completely go away ...

David Gray-Hammond
Community Member
5 years ago

The voices are one of the worst parts. If I become ill enough I forget that they're not real and believe the things they tell me. I have believed my family are government spies and that I am living in a computer simulation in the past. I have also believed I was being poisoned for knowing these things. Truly terrifying.

Tanyia Lyons
Community Member
5 years ago

Very good illustration. Its so hard to imagine what one suffers. Thank you. It is how I think it is for many. Some I know an love.

Kristi Moscoloni
Community Member
5 years ago

I love all of these. I was hoping there would be an illustration of SchizoAffective Disorder... to put into a picture what I can't paint in words for friends and family.

Ryan Pretorius
Community Member
5 years ago

I was hoping so too, I was diagnosed with SchizoAffect a number of years ago

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Charlie Shea
Community Member
5 years ago

I just got out of the hospital after having a terribly frightening schizophrenic episode. I was surprised to find that these two (this one, along with the BPD illustration) are actually accurate portrayals of my personal experiences. Usually art like this is so far off.

Nikki Lewis
Community Member
5 years ago

Artist: I know others have requested this, but I would love to purchase some of these prints. They truly capture the essence of what cannot often times be put into words. As a follow up to another post, I too would love to see addiction depicted.

Vanessa Pensabem
Community Member
5 years ago

I have a family member who has this, and sometime she talks back to the voices, it's so scary and sad...she even told me how scared she feel, specially now that she's being treated and know that the voices aren't real...no words

Judy Ripley
Community Member
5 years ago

The volumne of distortion is blatantly clear!

Laura Atkinson
Community Member
5 years ago

Perfect - my son had this horrible disease take him over at age 19 & has not had a moments peace since - it is truly a living nightmare 24/7/365!!!

Eugene Uttley
Community Member
5 years ago

It is mental self-torture.

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Michael Wright
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe I'm reading too much into this.. with this being #8, do the seven mouths at the top of your illustration stand to help represent someone that may have all of the previous 7 disorders?

Barbara Lopez-Aguilar
Community Member
5 years ago

Feeling like everything sees and hears you, constant judgement even when you're literally all alone!

Lily Mills
Community Member
5 years ago

I have dissociative identity disorder and this... this is so relevant for me.

Sean Vasquez-Solis
Community Member
5 years ago

It's sad because it's is exactly what you hear. No threats or being chased. Just this distant cries of your name, or asking for help

george khella
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this and had a psychotic episode that lasted 3 months, in my head all my friends and family gathered in a conference telling opinioms about me telling me they love me then telling me they hate me , saying that i am a wanker( wich i really was ) that i need to find a job and have a girlfriend instantly, my parents yelling at me for not being a man enough all the bad paranoiac thoughts incarnated in the voices of the ones you care about the most, they insult you , discriminate you and basically destroy you . Iwas living alone in paris when this happened , it was horrifying and paralyzing .Now i am back home and everybody hates me for real for not being the man i used to be

Eugene Uttley
Community Member
5 years ago

I had been living abroad alone in Asia for 5 yrs when my Sz onset occurred. Coincidence?

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William Austin
Community Member
5 years ago

I know the feeling . . .

Juan Renteria
Community Member
5 years ago

So many people suffering from this... </3

Savannah Scruggs
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank you, now when I can't put it into words how this feels I can just show this picture.

Panda Ham
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing ..

Kijana Adamson
Community Member
5 years ago

Nailed it! I have Schizoaffective Disorder (a mood disorder with schizophrenic symptoms ). This is how those voices felt.

Kijana Adamson
Community Member
5 years ago

Nailed it! I have shizoaffective disorder (a mood disorder with schizophrenic symptoms). This is how those voices felt.

Lindsey Shanahan
Community Member
5 years ago

It's funny because I was diagnosed with antipsychotics and I go through this type of thing. You learn to ignore the bs you possibly believe all I do is stove on stability and reality as a Taurus. Went through hell and a lot of loss leads you to schizophrenia

Lindsey Shanahan
Community Member
5 years ago

Then stopped taking them when stuff was back to normal the psychosis went away but lasted a good amount of time: scariest thing to go through.

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Lindsey Shanahan
Community Member
5 years ago

It is and it is accurrate, because I admit I have these type so of things happen...what's for funny is most of us may have them but don't wanna admit

Summer Hayes
Community Member
5 years ago

What. No panic attacks?

Nick Andries
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this...

Branden Kaai
Community Member
5 years ago

I have this and it is terrifying at points I also have D.I.D. Aka multiple personality and that is terrifying itself not being able to stop them coming out. It may sound funny but the reality is it's not

Jana Fuentes
Community Member
5 years ago

This is amazing. It shows the terror and fear you never can get away from, can't understand.

Hurthsette Williams
Community Member
5 years ago

You can't do this by yourself. Please don't try to.

Flora Polvado
Community Member
5 years ago

The comments break my heart. My mom suffers from this.

Carley Guerin
Community Member
5 years ago

this does't need to be specific to paranoid. the one for schizophrenia didnt make as much sense as this one.

Eugene Uttley
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree Carley. I have Sz but not Psz, and this drawing speaks plenty well to my experience with voices.

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Sayera Haque
Community Member
5 years ago

I suffer from schizophrenia and feel completely discriminated against when the post office refused to give me travel insurance when I said I had the condition! X

Darlene Patrick
Community Member
5 years ago

My son's life in a drawing

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#9

OCD

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Loretta Lockhart
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5 years ago

My OCD is also not to do with cleaning, but it brings the point across. Have to do it else you can't get comfy and it destroys you. Mine's to do with routine, I have routines with routines, and timings. It's pretty bad and pretty much ruins my life.

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#10

DPD

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over opinionated
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5 years ago

I didn't even know this was a thing. I've never been able to be alone I have to have someone close by. I looked at this picture a very long time. I have never seen something describe me so clearly.

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#11

Anorexia Nervosa

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rachelgators
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5 years ago

The shadow on the floor - very well depicted.

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#12

Depersonalization Disorder

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Kimi Lewis
Community Member
5 years ago

Absolute 100% accurate depiction. Depersonalization is what triggers my panic attacks, particularly nocturnal panic attacks. I'm 34 and have dealt with pretty severe mental illness since 18. Although managed on meds, it's impossible to ever be 100% again. Thank you for your incredible drawings. I appreciate these so much. ❤️

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#13

Agoraphobia

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Petra Jahnke
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5 years ago

Always getting worse in the darker seasons...

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#14

Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Anna Shields
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5 years ago

This is an amazing illustration for the insidious disease that I have. Your work just surpasses words...keep up the good work

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#15

Capgras Syndrome

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Jo Sheppard
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5 years ago

Hadn't heard of this one either! Very interesting. "Capgras Syndrome, also known as Capgras Delusion, is the irrational belief that a familiar person or place has been replaced with an exact duplicate — an imposter (Ellis, 2001, Hirstein, and Ramachandran, 1997)."

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#16

Cotard's Delusion

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SSBRocks3
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5 years ago

Had to google this: It is a rare mental illness in which the affected person holds the delusional belief that he or she is already dead, does not exist, is putrefying, or has lost his or her blood or internal organs.

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#17

DSED

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Notchimine Mette
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5 years ago

Bloody hell! This is what my cat has!!!

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#18

Schizophrenia

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Branka Đokić
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5 years ago

This one reminds me of Carpenter's "In the mouth of madness". Good job!

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