This is my version of the more popular ( ; ) mark. A paper clip is a very simple innovation. It is just a twisted metal but it can keep things together (not permanently though, but still). I even had a paper clip tattoo to remind myself every day that “I should keep things together”. For me, it symbolizes life more because it has a starting point and an end point. There is also direction of movement that can depict how people live their lives. Can be from outside going in, or being in touch with what is inside and slowly discovering the world outside.

In this series, I would like to visualize the most common mental illnesses and disorders a lot of people, especially the youth, are facing right now. Through these minimalist illustrations, I hope to promote awareness and understanding of the alarming problem.

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Anxiety

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PyroarRanger
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4 years ago

This is so accurate.

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#2

Depression

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PyroarRanger
Community Member
4 years ago

So accurate, it's like you're alone in the world... I struggle with it daily, and this is perfect

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Bored Fox
Community Member
4 years ago

All OCD patients are not obssessed of organizing things. Their obsessions can be towards something else, for example collecting something. For example some hoarders are OCD patients. But I understand that it is difficult to express the diversity of OCD with just one simple art picture.

Laura Zaini
Community Member
4 years ago

my ocd disorder develops as obsessive thoughts, not actions for instance

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JS
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi guys, MD here. There is a difference between OCPD and OCD, they are distinct disorders. One is a personality disorder with specific traits, one is an anxiety disorder driven by Obsessions and Compulsions. When people describe themselves as 'OCD', they usually refer to OCPD, not OCD. Please be aware!

lightningalpha1
Community Member
4 years ago

Someone, PLEASE fix that paperclip!

Phil The Computer
Community Member
4 years ago

FIX IT

Phil The Computer
Community Member
4 years ago

FIX IT NOW

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AmberWolf
Community Member
4 years ago

:internal screaming: wwwhhhhhhyyyyyy I actually dont have OCD but still...

Clockworkstella
Community Member
4 years ago

Getting a bit tired of seeing OCD being illustrated with disarranged objects.

Katniss Evergreen
Community Member
4 years ago

"I'll bring awareness to mental illness by using tired stereotypes and centuries-old stigma! Surely this can't go wrong!"

Lorna Doone
Community Member
4 years ago

Can people please stop misrepresenting OCD. It's not about tidiness or whether something's not straight. It's about overwhelming, crushing fear and terror. It's really not that hard to google

Claire Phipps
Community Member
4 years ago

I think this was the only one that missed the mark; the more we peddle the stereotype that people with OCD are singularly obsessed with cleanliness and order, we will always have people claiming to be ‘a bit OCD,’ because they like a tidy house - hence overshadowing quite a painful mental illness.

Katniss Evergreen
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4 years ago

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All of the mental illnesses that I have experience with are waaaaaaaaay off. This person just represented mental illness with paper clips and stereotypes.

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Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

Saw this pic and wanted, no NEEDED to straighten it!!

Julia Vincent Hetherton
Community Member
4 years ago

This isn’t what my OCD looks like. I think this is perpetuating incorrect myths about OCD.

Melanie Ayala
Community Member
2 years ago

OCD, is another name for Compulsive Disorder. This is when someone is obsessed with keeping things organized. Someone people get frustrated when all the colors are the same, or when something is a little out of place. Some people with OCD aren’t like that though, some people just have it when they are looking at art and collecting things.

Amanda Harker
Community Member
4 years ago

It really bugs me that it's made of an uneven number of paper clips and that one isn't straight.

Nicole Holt
Community Member
4 years ago

That purple paper clip is mocking me....

Gabi Horvath
Community Member
4 years ago

Okay, thank you, that HURTS.

Sylvia van der Linden
Community Member
4 years ago

this kills me

Zaneta Berkyova-Vasilenkova
Community Member
4 years ago

got me here

Autumn Rae
Community Member
4 years ago

tru

Kalene Ivey
Community Member
4 years ago

Bad day.

offline
Community Member
4 years ago

this is beautiful. The colours on the black background are soothing, and the crooked clip is intended, this is why it seems in the right order, just like this. Meanwhiles, the other day i had a mental breakdown, because my roomie hung up an ugly bag in our hallway, and on top it was half open... after staring at it for 10 minutes, i realised i would have to leave it like it is, and it ruined my day. I wonder how must living feel, when you only worry about real issues..

Donna Thompson
Community Member
4 years ago

Aargh!

Galeanthropy2017
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahh this is so triggering

Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

I think I've got this one. :(

Ginger
Community Member
4 years ago

Just because you find this picture awkward doesn't mean you have OCD. OCD is when everything has to be a certain way because if it isn't something terrible will happen. Or when you obsess over awful things until it makes you miserable. OCD is truly an awful disorder and is so commonly misunderstood.

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varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

My OCD leads me to vacuum my garage. Neat/clean freak...

Ginger
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not what OCD is. OCD is a serious disorder that affects many lives, it is not just wanting things to be clean.

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Cip IESAN
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4 years ago

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Whithout the OCD, the rainbow could look different each time!

PyroarRanger
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4 years ago

Um...

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#4

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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shifta shape
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4 years ago

beautiful

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#5

Bipolar Disorder

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Megan Rogge
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4 years ago

reflects the duality of my sense of self...literally two different people depending on where I am on the roller coaste

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#6

Dissociative Identity Disorder

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DaisyAppreciation
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4 years ago

This one speaks to me. The one normal paper clip surrounded by the stranger ones on all sides: it's like the strange ideas talking to the one in the middle

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Eating Disorder

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Full Name
Community Member
4 years ago

I really like these. This one could also be hundreds of paper clips, or rusty ones (which would represent most people's horrible diets).

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#8

Substance Abuse

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PyroarRanger
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4 years ago

It's like the paperclips are drugs, and they're coming out of a container of drugs

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