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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

This is beautiful. How could I get a copy?

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#6

Borderline Personality Disorder

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Pixie Dust
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4 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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4 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
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4 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...

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#9

OCD

OCD

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Loretta Lockhart
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4 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

DPD

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over opinionated
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4 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.

Alisha Britton Matthews
Community Member
4 years ago

I completely agree with you on your statement I didn't realize that if it's me. All six of my children are grown and moved on now and I spend my days with a 5 pound Chihuahua named Bentley and somehow he does keep me comforted to an extent, but not 100% fix for the way that I feel. I absolutely hate being alone and the feeling of insecurity and that if someone were invade my space I could in no way be able to defend myself .

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Ty Tingstrom
Community Member
4 years ago

at 20 i didnt even know this was a thing until i saw this and scrolling through these amazing drawings and im thinking to myself ive felt like that before then i saw this one and my heart dropped a little feeling like this was more then i care to admit

Melissa Vee
Community Member
4 years ago

Too many people self diagnose mental illness like these, when really they aren't even close which downplays and 'mocks' people actually suffering from this. Oh you like to be around other people? Must be because you have DPD! Oh, you get nervous meeting new people? Omg you have SAD. Go to a Doctor, get a diagnosis. Until then you don't have a diagnosis and therefore have no clue whether you do or do not.

Defsoul
Community Member
3 years ago

Just because someone hasn't gone to a doctor for a diagnosis does not mean they don't have a mental illness. Yes, you can't be sure they do have one but you also can't be sure they don't. Please don't generalize something like this because some people are self-diagnosing when they are as you say, downplaying and mocking people actually suffering from this. There are people who are unable to find professional support, others who are too paranoid to. You can have a mental illness without going to a professional. We as a community cannot ignore the people who are shouting out in need, just because of a few people who say they have a mental disorder incorrectly.

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Trisha Hester
Community Member
4 years ago

My literal constant feeling. I'm too afraid of being alone, but I also suffer from social anxiety and moderate depression so it's difficult to even describe the panic it raises in me. This has caused many a panic attacks. 😞

Alisha Britton Matthews
Community Member
4 years ago

The panic attacks are the worst I can't even go on public without having them but my children gave me a Chihuahua five years ago as an empty nest syndrome gift . Bentley has been my saving grace he's been certified now is a PTSD dog and goes in public with me so I could not go back to Walmart and shop alone !! When I feel that fear and I feel like I want to run the art crawl in a corner and cry I grab his ear and I just gently rub his ear and it just somehow brings me back down to a Kolmar state where I can grab what I've got in my basket and at least check it out . In the past if I were to panic the basket stayed where it was and I ran as quick as late as I could out that door to get back home to my safe haven

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Jana Fuentes
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4 years ago

I don't know if it's a good thing that someone can capture all of these so well or not. Fortunately, this one isn't one on my list. I need to be alone, as much as I can at least. I used to have to have someone go to places with me, because I was so afraid of people and new places. At least I'm better with that now.

Monet Allyse
Community Member
4 years ago

I never knew this was a thing either... but I googled it and it describes me so accurately. And seriously? Phenomenally powerful illustration.

Amanda Beeman
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh my.. I didn't know there was a word for this..

Amber Dawn
Community Member
4 years ago

Schizophrenia is the worst. It's like hearing a devil voice, with aa high pitch singing voice, and more at once. Worked at Phych Ward and these drawing do show it.

James Vincent
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine feeling this way and being forced to not have anyone you now fear to have anyone.

Lara Haywood
Community Member
4 years ago

I never knew this had a name!!! I can be alone but I have an extremely severe DPD with my husband. I feel I can never be away from him. Sometimes it really gets on his nerves. But I just can't help it. I think it may stem from not having a very good relationship with my father. Well maybe not having a good relationship with my mother too. They were great parents but we're always preoccupied with other things. So I always felt abandoned.

Lisa Gibbons
Community Member
4 years ago

It ruins my life , the picture only portrays a portion everything has to be perfect or can't sit still, people think u like cleaning Al day but it's not the case you have to.

Becca Buetow
Community Member
4 years ago

This is what I'm trying to get away from especially since my husband (the one I depend on) has been taken from me by addiction. It's hard to pull yourself away from that person but sometimes it what must be done. I feel like I'm starting a whole new life

Jennie Jennie
Community Member
4 years ago

I keep fooling myself... That I don't need anyone.... But it physically hurts being alone sometimes

Joel TKO
Community Member
4 years ago

Hey! If I could suggest one not done, it would be Depersonalization Disorder. It is where you feel like you are watching your life in the third person and can't attach to your existence. Something I have from drug abuse in the past.

Kristine ES
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, well done!

Noël Drake
Community Member
4 years ago

I agree with over opinionated, and I too feel the same way. I think it's because of my upbringing, I was alone a lot.

Brenna Gruver
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4 years ago

I've always called it codependency.

Jalene Curr
Community Member
4 years ago

Me too or Love Addiction

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Speranta Regasire
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4 years ago

And this is why it's said that a picture says more than a thousand words!

Igor Maciel
Community Member
3 years ago

shit happens

Igor Maciel
Community Member
3 years ago

shit

Денис Игнатов
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't think this necessarily a disorder of mine, though it does come close. To just one person.

endelbendel
Community Member
4 years ago

Missing the s-m component.

Jordan Radvansky
Community Member
4 years ago

love these. sad there is no eating disorder, which is deadliest mental illness of all

Louis Kakoutis
Community Member
4 years ago

Take the poll that will probably change everything you thought about psychology. http://jesuiscnn.com/poll

Natasha Basarab
Community Member
4 years ago

btw yr a big meanie ableist and personally i hope you die x

Natasha Basarab
Community Member
4 years ago

i love my shoulder girlfriend x

James Vincent
Community Member
4 years ago

Imagine that you felt like this and then we're forced to be alone. And now it's 180 and your scared to be with someone but still feel unable to be alone

Ceren Yıldız
Community Member
4 years ago

lol where is adhd

Maria DeMeo
Community Member
4 years ago

I believe my daughter suffers from DPD, this is the 1st explanation to her need to have someone over at all times.

Tanthalas Meyer
Community Member
4 years ago

Why doesn't he ask that sexy bitch on his back to give him a little tug on his peepee? Then it'd just be a sexually interdependent ejaculatory disorder.

Stany Bodson
Community Member
4 years ago

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Shanna Tognarelli
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg! This one is beyond eerily dead on. He stands. Doesn't even see me but his actions depict my life and where I go and not go. My life is no longer my own. It's dark and scary. Like this

Deja Brierley
Community Member
4 years ago

I didn't even know this existed. I have this. I'm quite sure I must.

Samantha Elkins
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic and fascinating, drawings

Latonia Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow me

Sarina Clark
Community Member
4 years ago

Me again

Karissa Wiggins
Community Member
4 years ago

This is me i was diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder with dependent traits ocd traits and self defeating traits the doc said they could sense it from the first few moments of me talking because all i rdally talked about was my boyfriend and how he made me feel good they said that i look to him to make my happiness and to fulfil what i cant myself and even though hes hurt me so much i cant leave him weve been together for 3 years but he is helping me fight through this

Karissa Wiggins
Community Member
4 years ago

This is me i was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder with dependent traits my doctor said they could sense it because of how i talked about my boyfriend they could tell i depended on him to make me feel better to make me happy he has been by my side for 3 years and were still trying to get through this

Nicola Melillo
Community Member
4 years ago

Also called gold-digger disorder

Tanya Schultea-Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

This reminds me of my daughter!

Nicholas Ortiz
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so me....I rely on someone to make my financial, educational and social decisions. I dont even feel free to express my inner thoughts in fear of losing a friend or lover or a Job. How can I break free?

Jean-Sébastien Roy
Community Member
4 years ago

Autism is NOT a mental illness or a disorder. It's an intellectual disability.

Sheila Lawson
Community Member
4 years ago

This picture spoke to me in such a way I physically felt it and knew what it was before I even read what the "Disorder " was named. Chilling and horribly fabulous!

Emily Sauro
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm glad this series of art exists, I'm learning more about myself and its a great way to show what life is like with these diseases.

Abigail Hoague
Community Member
4 years ago

This is beautiful.

Carl Childers
Community Member
4 years ago

brilliant

Brooke Julya
Community Member
4 years ago

you forgot anxiety disorder (generalized anxiety disorder GAD)

Bob Zill
Community Member
4 years ago

i am all of the above, sadly

Alexandra Enache
Community Member
4 years ago

Sadly..you're just and idiot...

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Michael Twiss
Community Member
4 years ago

This is dark, but very interesting!

Joe Corrao
Community Member
4 years ago

cute

Summer Hayes
Community Member
4 years ago

What. No panic attacks?

Maggie Stephens Dougherty
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so interesting to me , but not so much, if this is close to home for someone it pertains to.

Irene Walton
Community Member
4 years ago

Excellent artwork Even good for a Tat

Lou Keshi
Community Member
4 years ago

trovo un pò brutto che delle malattie vengono ritratte come mostruosità! se chi è depresso vedesse bell'autoritratto come descrizione del proprio stato, penso si offenderebbe un minimo e penserebbe, sono un mostro tale? tecnicamente belli i disegni comunque!

Lex Lemon
Community Member
4 years ago

I've never heard of this one before, never knew it existed but it actually describes me so well, although I don't know if that could be something to do with my social anxiety D:

Johann Steyn
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm the opposite of this.

Drew Lawson
Community Member
4 years ago

these are fuggin sick!!! amazing work

Takamoto Yukia
Community Member
4 years ago

This is me :(

Hollie LF
Community Member
4 years ago

Depicting people with mental illnesses as literal monsters is harmful and disgusting. The art is mediocre and underdeveloped. The message is destructive, re-enforcing ugly stereotypes like this is so irresponsible. The artist needs to either study more about these disorders and represent them in a compassionate, understanding way or find a new subject matter.

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#11

Anorexia Nervosa

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rachelgators
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4 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
4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 years ago

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

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