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 skill 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 with a theme he felt more sore to him, 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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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 😔

Roxanne Tahgaiwenene
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4 years ago

Me as well..this person captured it so clearly 😞

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Erin
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4 years ago

When you feel like giving up, anxiety stress and heartache make you so sick to your stomach that your mind is spinning out of control with emotion and thoughts of hopelessness. When it is time to ask for help but you don't even feel worth it. Feeling like an inconvenience and like nobody should even care about you because you don't want them to waste their feelings. Being kicked when your down and struggling to see the light at the other end. Pain is temporary, trying to tell yourself it will work out but in the moment it seems impossible while your mind is flooded with disturbing thoughts. Sick at feeling alone but rather be alone then burden anyone. Consumed with pain. Trying to explain how you feel and what goes on in your mind but people look down at you for it. Feeling sick but still trying to make your way, hanging onto every last ounce of hope and faith because it's all you have. Not motivated to get up and get moving or to even say a word. ....to be ctnd

Marie Stehlíková
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3 years ago

I know those feelings too...it's horrible...

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LeAnna Lukas
Community Member
4 years ago

It is like trying to dig out of your own grave or like half of you is always buried. Especially at its worse.

Amber Thoennes
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4 years ago

These drawings are so beautiful. Would you consider selling some of your work if you don't already?

Skw Pishayatan
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4 years ago

agree !!!

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Dat.Boring.Gurl.Tho
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4 years ago

It feels like you are being dragged down. Very well shown

Bec McEwan
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4 years ago

Yp.. looks accurate to me... :(

Shanna Tognarelli
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4 years ago

There's nothing I can do. Stuck in one place. Unable to move away from the pain an utter despair. Just baring it alone and nobody but me knows what I'm going through. That's how it felt. This picture remarkably identifies. I'm not alone

Dan Smith Chavira
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4 years ago

That captures my dread and feelings that I am trapped, but doesn't show the fear.

Friday Foster
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4 years ago

This really is spot on.

Julie Bennett
Community Member
4 years ago

These are all absolutely incredible! Beautiful work. Disturbing. As they should be. Shows the world how we feel inside.

Dora Crow
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4 years ago

Never a more complete picture of what is in a depressive's mind.

Rita Applegate
Community Member
4 years ago

Looking back when I did suffer from major depression it was very much like this. It's like living in hell with no escape except death

Deb Richardson
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4 years ago

How is it that you no longer live with it? I can't remember not being depressed

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Maria Jose Vazquez-Mellado Petit
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4 years ago

It does really feel like this....

Angie Ortiz
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4 years ago

Wow just wow. You've captured it.

Chandrayee Biswas
Community Member
4 years ago

Very truly illustrated

Haseena Wazir
Community Member
4 years ago

This is exactly how it feels. Debilitating stress and anxiety dragging you down. Feeling unable to cope with everyday things. It's like everyone around you can see blue sky and sunshine but when you look up all you see is darkness and no matter how hard you try you can't see the sun. It's very isolating

Amber Saunders
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel like crying because this picture perfectly describes my depression.

Nici Welch
Community Member
4 years ago

Absolutely how I feel, dragged down by my own body 😞

Rachel Simmons
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4 years ago

This entire body of work is stunning. As an artist, and having experienced both PTSD and depression, I applaud this. immensely insightful gorgeous illustration.

Jennifer Gorman
Community Member
4 years ago

This is it. This is how it feels.

Pollux Io
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4 years ago

https://pollux10.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/depression/

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

I feel like I do have depression.. But my family keeps saying it's all in my head..

Sofia Östlund
Community Member
4 years ago

Many people who have never experienced depression tends to say things like that. Try to contact a local psychologist to talk about it, especially since your family don't seem to understand.

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Ella Fawn
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4 years ago

So, this is accurate as fuck.

Emily Warner
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2 years ago

100% understand. Well drawn.

Pierre Richard
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3 years ago

Definitely feeling this one. Exactly how I feel when depression takes over me.

Marie Stehlíková
Community Member
3 years ago

I know this feeling very well...when friends can't help you and at the end, they leave, because of frustration wich is causing my behavior in depression...depression is killing from inside and destroying relationships...

Marie Stehlíková
Community Member
3 years ago

I know this feeling...when you have friends, but nobody can't help you and at the end, they leave, because are nervous because of you...and you are falling deeper into depressions...

Laura Coco
Community Member
3 years ago

That's how I felt when I was depressed as a teen after my OCD disorder. I wanted to come back to life but was feeling too "melted down" to make any move... My therapist suggested that I did things I liked to make my mood better but I just couldn't find the strength... It only got away for some reason. Maybe the fact that I wasn't thinking about it anymore. Hope you guys recover and find your way back... Lots of support here and a big hug for you.

endelbendel
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3 years ago

Perfect. Shows the lethargy and the anger.

Scott Hendrix
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3 years ago

The moment there seems to be a chance of normality, someone else's expectations try to be exerted and I have to step back into this dank hole. I only feel almost normal when it's 3am, I'm locked in a room, and there is no chance on someone knocking on the door.

Natasha Basarab
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4 years ago

dont rly know what yr tryna say here mate x

Haseena Wazir
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4 years ago

This is exactly how it feels. Debilitating anxiety and stress. Feeling unable to cope with everyday life. It's like everyone telling you that the sky is blue but no matter how much you stare at it it still looks black to you and there's no way for you to see the blue sky everyone talks about. Feeling trapped, cornered and the only escape is suicide.

Benjamin Ong
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4 years ago

I been depressed whem my puppy 🐶 died

Roger Morse
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4 years ago

So true

Chana LaChapelle
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4 years ago

Wow yes.

Nicole Dallal
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4 years ago

I always said it feels like I am being sucked into a black vortex, hanging on to edge with my fingernails trying to claw my way out. This drawing is perfect.

Kennedy Weston
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4 years ago

This is so accurate.

Tyler Cassio
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4 years ago

Haha a lot of days :/

Ekmi Echeline
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4 years ago

YES! I'm dragging myself down... O_O

Robert Stockdale
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4 years ago

I think of it more as standing, looking up at the distant light, with a heavy weight around my neck and shoulders, from the bottom of a deep well.

Magda Golderos
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4 years ago

Painful feeling , I would add a elephant sitting on my chest!

Judi Moore
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4 years ago

That's me!

Kris Ridgewell
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4 years ago

The teeth are what gets me. When you feel this trapped within yourself you can bare as many teeth as possible but your smile always feels forced.

Justine Taylor
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4 years ago

This explains it perfectly ☹️️

Shanna Tognarelli
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4 years ago

This is unreal! It's dead on and I can literally feel it from the drawing.

Andie Williams
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4 years ago

That's pretty much how it feels.

Shane Seabourne
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4 years ago

I feel like this a lot lately...

Lara Haywood
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4 years ago

I'm bipolar.......so yeah......

Jo Ann Edwards
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4 years ago

depression is ANGER with less enthusiasm....

Sarah Birch
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4 years ago

I feel like this 95 days out of 100 😢

David O Connell
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4 years ago

Who is the artist behind this piece??could they do one for drug addiction more specifically heroin addiction my younger brother passed away due to a heroin addiction and iv been trying to find a tattoo to represent the pain it causes and think one of these would symbolise it perfectly

Grace Hennelly
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4 years ago

I have major depression and this is what it feels like

Latonia Mitchell
Community Member
4 years ago

Me

Elise Pierce
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, I think you got that one spot on. I could almost feel that. god.

Antonia Craig
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4 years ago

I couldn't have chosen a better depiction

Lauren Roese
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4 years ago

So fucking accurate

Anne Lynch
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4 years ago

Every. Single. Day

Carol Wafer
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4 years ago

Nailed it.

Susan Wallace
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4 years ago

Well " inkscribed"

Eddie Laubach
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4 years ago

These are beautiful. thank you for these.

Steph Ros
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4 years ago

self perpetuating soul-rot

October Evans
Community Member
4 years ago

You should create a illustration for Gender Dysphoria. That's what I have. BTW, love the artwork presented here. Describes exactly what I'm going through.

Judy Ripley
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4 years ago

The soul of despair is shoouting.

Monica Johnson
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4 years ago

This is more accurate than any words could be.

Denise Evans
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4 years ago

Stuck in something sticky in a deep dark hole

Denise Evans
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4 years ago

Yes stuck in something very sticky and can't get out of the dark deep hole

Gina Fennell
Community Member
4 years ago

I would draw myself trapped in the fetal position, under a blanket that was safety pinned down.

Annie Hughes
Community Member
4 years ago

You have precisely manage to accurately describe how I feel on a daily basis.

Beate Steffens
Community Member
4 years ago

so bad ...

Frank Lee
Community Member
4 years ago

I see, everyone has their own problem and their own depression. wish you all well.

Bonnie Clark
Community Member
4 years ago

Right on!

Ami Lynn
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you. This feels and looks dead on. My heart now breaks for those with the other pictured illnesses. Thank you for sharing!

Cindy Fletcher
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4 years ago

Nothing at all like what my Major depression feels like.

Cindy Fletcher
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4 years ago

Not anything at all like what my major depression feels like

Ashley Ogwal-Bèrnard
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful, terrifying, and accurate. This truly sums out how I feel and cannot express. Well done!

Brandi Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

This is completely spot on! I've climbed out of the hole only to be buried from the waist up. And with every move forward you sink deeper back into the abyss....

Barbara Lopez-Aguilar
Community Member
4 years ago

Many mornings and many nights!

Claudia Espindola
Community Member
4 years ago

I felt very depressed for a while, thanks God I went to see a therapist, she did help, not only by listening but because she recommended me an antidepressant, I felt so much better after 3 weeks or so, she explained that we are like batteries, we hold so much stress that we ended up depleted of whatever chemical in our brain, now I don't take it, depression us terrible, wish everyone happiness and hope

Taylor Biggert
Community Member
4 years ago

THese are too true...

Jesse Noah Phillips
Community Member
4 years ago

Accurate.

Priscilla Loera
Community Member
4 years ago

This is exactly how it feels. You've portrayed many of my mental illnesses so realistically.

Mai Balzitch
Community Member
4 years ago

Can you make one for seasonal affect disorder?

Erin
Community Member
4 years ago

When you feel like giving up, anxiety stress and heartache make you so sick to your stomach that your mind is spinning out of control with emotion and thoughts of hopelessness. When it is time to ask for help but you don't even feel worth it. Feeling like an inconvenience and like nobody should even care about you because you don't want them to waste their feelings. Being kicked when your down and struggling to see the light at the other end. Pain is temporary, trying to tell yourself it will work out but in the moment it seems impossible while your mind is flooded with disturbing thoughts. Sick at feeling alone but rather be alone then burden anyone. Consumed with pain. Trying to explain how you feel and what goes on in your mind but people look down at you for it. Feeling sick but still trying to make your way, hanging onto every last ounce of hope and faith because it's all you have. Not motivated to get up and get moving or to even say a word.

Tom Rogers
Community Member
4 years ago

For me, the severe depression has caused me to regress to the emotional state of a toddler. I don't watch tv, and when things get to be too much to bear, I go to open-world RPGs to escape reality. But, if something happens to my internet, I start shaking and, when I used to have issues with my computer, it would cause me to cry like an baby. I would be inconsolable and thinking would be impossible.

Amanda Hodgins
Community Member
4 years ago

Sending you good vibrations. Wish I could fix it

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Quincey Faloon
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4 years ago

I can't describe how accurate this is.

Wayne Beesley
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4 years ago

Cheer up

Victoria Potter
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4 years ago

It's crazy seeing this and totally getting it. This is exactly how depression feels if you were to draw it. So accurate!

Daniel Lietzmann
Community Member
4 years ago

Disturbing. But this is how I feel when going through a major episode. One should wish for that others could see you like that.

Rebecca Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Omg. I've never seen depression and anxiety in art form. This should make more of those that have NO idea or tell you to pull your socks up stop and think and give them a whopping great insight in to what us sufferers go through 😞

Miriam Tynan
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow. This is.exactly the creature screaming in my head. Am just in awe of your understanding and talent.

Jaymie Parker
Community Member
4 years ago

This describes perfectly about my depression

K Reade (KJR42)
Community Member
4 years ago

This EXACTLY what it feels like, so impressed with this. the only thing missing is the large weight crushing your chest.

Kristin Leve
Community Member
4 years ago

I cannot adequately express how much these portrayals resonate with me. Every one of my diagnoses is spot on. I got tears in my eyes. Thank you for doing this.

Katja Aakre Isbrekken
Community Member
4 years ago

I both recognize and don't recognize this. When I'm not on my meds I'll have periods like this, heavy and sucked into a motionless void, but most of the time I'd rathe BE pulled down. I don't fight it, in some ways it feels comforting. Safe. And then I'll have bouts of grief/guilt that I'm allowing it to happen. Depression is very different for everyone, and it can be cery hard for outsiders to understand, because of that.

Maylee Nebreiska
Community Member
4 years ago

Its so real. I feel just like that

Victoria Orlovskaya
Community Member
4 years ago

You do not have to go through this alone! Please check out my page for anyone who is suffering from Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Disease, Disability, Bullying, Grieving, or any other difficult circumstances. I want to build a community of people who feel as though they have no outlet. It's a page based on positive reinforcement and a clear view that there are millions of people suffering from the same situations. Please give it a look, it's something fairly new, but I would love to expand it into something extraordinary. If we can share our stories, more people will do the same and we can bring awareness to these causes and hopefully help build funding for more research! The page is called MindFelt, link is on the bottom! https://www.facebook.com/MindFeltHaven/?fref=ts

Jackie Reiger
Community Member
4 years ago

It is so hard to explain to those who don't, or won't, understand the disease, how you feel inside. These drawings are so representative. Thank you for putting a face to these debilitating illnesses.

Samantha Taylor
Community Member
4 years ago

The struggle is so perfectly illustrated. To be brought down by your own mind and body, then feeling stuck there. Love the face because it's a so badly you want someone to understand but you're so deep in it seems impossible

Krista Zelaya
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so accurate 😞

Alessandro Soranzo
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4 years ago

:) Probably often due to pesticides in food: https://www.google.it/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=depression+pesicides

Sharon Glick
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing project

Tim Stiles
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats exactly how it feels

Tim Stiles
Community Member
4 years ago

That's exactly how it feels

Cosmo Bolt
Community Member
4 years ago

Like your head is filled with led. I think this ink is very good.

Becca Button
Community Member
4 years ago

Me put in a picture....

Frank Elliott
Community Member
4 years ago

Really cool.Reminds me of Sam Kieth's stuff, The Maxx specifically.

Speranta Regasire
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, depression is like you're chained not to be able to reach to the light again...it's horrible...:(

Marc Purdy
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep, I describe barb in my muscles on chians weighing me down but that sensation is it

Jana Fuentes
Community Member
4 years ago

And, while I'm at it, this one has found a home inside my head, too. One of these diagnoses is bad enough, but having 4 or 5 of them...maybe 6...all rolled up together, really take hold of your life sometimes.

Haili Nabet
Community Member
4 years ago

Yep, I get it.

Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
4 years ago

my head would have been down

Lynn Scherzinger
Community Member
4 years ago

Me. On my sofa. used to be daily.

Jess Benhamou
Community Member
4 years ago

Hello Shawn, your drawings are absolutely fantastic... Would it be possible to have your email? I would love to get in touch about a film related request..

Shiranai Chan
Community Member
4 years ago

I always described depression as a monster. Very accurate.

Dora Crow
Community Member
4 years ago

This makes me cry. It is so real. So sad to see it on paper.

Loraine Bayutas
Community Member
4 years ago

I am suffering depression for 3 months now. I feel like taking my life to escape from peer pressure. Their bullies andinsults are getting inside my heads..i feel like god doesnt want me to be happy..he doesnt want me to be loved.. he only gives me all wrong people.dont know what to do..

Diana Wolf
Community Member
4 years ago

Loraine, seek help. Talk to your doctor, or counsellor (if you at school)! Do it, as soon as possible. It is bad cloud, fog you are in, there is a way out! Seek help!

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Obrian S-Brown
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4 years ago

Yep

Pretty Panda
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4 years ago

This is great. I'd tell people it feels like being under 50, hot, wet blankets.

Okhan Onan
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4 years ago

Annesine kzıp kuran yakan kız değil mi bu

Ruth Hagist
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4 years ago

These are brilliant and so compassionate. bravo

Notchimine Mette
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4 years ago

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This looks more like total "Please kill me now for I am surrounded by morons!!" than depression.

Mary McConnell
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4 years ago

I looked like that at my last cubicle job.

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#3

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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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
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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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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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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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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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