Artist Creates Drawings That Show What Mental Illness Really Feels Like



Throughout the month of October, many artists are participating in a drawing challenge called Inktober. The artists who participate in Inktober have to draw one ink drawing a day throughout the entire month. It’s a lot of hard work, but the drawings are pretty awesome!

Shawn Coss is an artist who is participating in the challenge, and so far his drawings are raising a lot of awareness. His drawings are shedding light on various mental health issues. These illustrations will give you a better understanding of what these mental health issues are like.

1. Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid schizophrenia is a type of schizophrenia in which the person who has it has delusions that people are plotting against them. I never really knew what paranoid schizophrenia was, but this drawing is really helping me understand.

1. Paranoid Schizophrenia
via Instagram / @shawncoss

2. Bipolar Disorder

This is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. So far, many people are loving Shawn’s artwork, and it is helping them deal with their own mental health issues. So positive.

2. Bipolar Disorder
via Instagram / @shawncoss

3. Agoraphobia

This drawing is a great depiction of what it’s like to have agoraphobia. People who have agoraphobia have a fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places.

3. Agoraphobia
via Instagram / @shawncoss


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