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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!

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Borderline Personality Disorder

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Depersonalization Disorder

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Dissociative Identity Disorder

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Capgras Syndrome

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Cotard's Delusion

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Schizophrenia

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