Mental Illness And Disorders Captured In 20 Blatantly Raw Illustrations

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Living with a mental illness can be really tough when you keep it all to yourself. Sometimes we choose not to speak about it in fear of rejection, sometimes we can’t find the right words because there’s just too much going on. But when words fail us, there are always images. Shawn Cross, a 33-year-old professional artist from Ohio, wants to shed the light on mental illness and disorders by illustrating them for Inktober, a challenge where artists ink one drawing a day for the entire month of October. The artist carefully researches each disorder before drawing; he also takes suggestions from his fans. The response to his project has been overwhelming… [Continue reading below…]

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“What I find most amusing is someone stating I’m way off on a disorder because that person doesn’t necessarily experience the same symptoms and then I’ll have another post saying it’s spot on,” Cross told Buzzfeed. “I hope that people can appreciate my creations. Most importantly I hope, if anything, it affects a person on some level,” he added. “If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask,” Cross wrote on his Facebook page.

#1. Major Depressive Disorder

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#2. Insomnia

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#3. OCD

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#4. Social Anxiety Disorder

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#5. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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#6. Autism Spectrum Disorder

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#7. Border Line Personality Disorder

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#8. Dissociative Identity Disorder

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#9. Bipolar Disorder

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#10. Depersonalization Disorder

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#11. Paranoid Schizophrenia

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#12. Anorexia Nervosa

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#13. Dependant personality disorder

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#14. Capgras Syndrome

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#15. Agoraphobia

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#16. Cotard’s Delusion

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#17. Schizophrenia

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#18. Trichotillomania

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#19. DSED

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#20. Attention Deficit Disorder

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Visit Cross’s website and Facebook page for more of his art

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