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 2 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 2 years ago

That is how I feel in my depression 😔

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#3 Insomnia

Insomnia

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Bec McEwan 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Laura Ingles. 2 years ago

This must be the most frightening illness to have.. I have paranoia to a certain extent,always have,but to hear voices must be terrifying... It must feel like you're being persecuted by your thoughts and soceity...Quite horrifying when you think about it....

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#9 OCD

OCD

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Loretta Lockhart 2 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 2 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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