Every October, artists all over the world take on the InkTober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day for the entire month.
In October, 2016, Ohio-based artist Shawn Coss decided to do something different with the original prompt.
He focused exclusively on personifying mental illnesses and disorders.
These illustrations are truly “must see.”
After experiencing these illustrations, hopefully you will see these disorders with new eyes.
Mental Illnesses and Disorders With Drawing
Schizophrenia (of which paranoid schizophrenia is a sub-type) is an intense and unforgiving mental disorder whose symptoms can include everything from abnormal social behaviors, to hearing voices, and not knowing what’s real. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not hear, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation.
It often accompanies other, less severe mental conditions like depression and anxiety. Needless to say, the sum of these disorders can be hard to deal with. 50 percent of those diagnosed with schizophrenia also struggle with substance abuse as a means to cope. But there are some who have turned to something far less harmful to cope with their condition: art.
The following pieces were created by people suffering from schizophrenia. While some of them may be disturbing to look at, for their creators these works help to visualize the unrest in their heads. This makes the harsh consistency of their thoughts a little more bearable.
Spooky, Strange, But Probably An Accurate Portrayal Of Schizophrenia Feels Like On The Inside.
“Electricity Makes You Float” By Karen Blair, A Woman Living With Schizophrenia.
Notice The Variety Of Moods, The Cyst-Like Creatures Growing Out Of This Man’S Head, Representative Of The Confusion Schizophrenia Can Sometimes Bring.
These Two Photos Were Done By An Unknown Schizophrenic Artist Trying To Capture The Abstract Nightmare Of His Thoughts.
This One Was Drawn By An Unknown Schizophrenic Patient, Telling Us About The Paranoias That Lie Deep In His/Her Mind.
This Drawing Was Found In An Old Asylum, Its Artist Was A Paranoid Schizophrenic.
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states. These states alternately show in a person’s behavior, accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major depressive disorder (MDD), also known simply as depression, is a mental disorder characterized by at least two weeks of low mood that is present across most situations. It is often accompanied by low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, low energy, and pain without a clear cause.
Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known asmania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations, causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others.
Paranoid schizophrenia manifests itself in an array of symptoms. Common symptoms for paranoid schizophrenia include auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) and paranoid delusions(believing everyone is out to cause the sufferer harm).
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to avoid trauma-related cues, alterations in how a person thinks and feels, and an increase in the fight-or-flight response.
Insomnia, also known as sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder where people have trouble sleeping. They may have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep as long as desired. Insomnia is typically followed by daytime sleepiness, low energy, irritability, and a depressed mood.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions. There is often an extreme fear of abandonment, frequent dangerous behavior, a feeling of emptiness, and self-harm.