Mental illnesses and disorders are often romanticized or brushed off. That's not right.
Artist Shawn Cross has taken the liberty of drawing his own depiction of mental illnesses and disorders each day to show the raw and scary truth behind them. He is shedding light on what these illnesses really are like and explains to others who may not understand the severity of some diagnoses.
You can see more of his work as he continues to illustrate mental illnesses and disorders each day for the month of October on his Facebook page, Shawn Coss — Artist.
1. Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder typically starts in young people or adults. People who suffer from BPD have trouble regulating their thoughts and emotions and can become impulsive and reckless. They can also experience unstable intense relationships and a distorted self-image.
There are two kinds of insomnia. One is where you can't fall asleep but it's not directly linked to any other health issue. The other is where a health condition, pain, medication, or substance abuse is involved.
3. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
This disorder affects children. They will go up to, and talk to, strangers, but they don't see the potential danger.
4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
People with OCD obsess over thoughts, urges, or images. The things they can't let go of cause anxiety and their compulsions are an attempt to reduce this anxiety. Cleaning is one obsession most commonly known as simply organizing things. People with OCD understand their obsessions don't make sense but they feel they can't control them.
5. Cotard's Delusion
This is a rare mental illness that causes the person to think they are dead, figuratively or literally.
6. Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder experience dramatic mood, energy, and activity changes. They can go from very upbeat and energized (called manic episodes) to sad and hopeless (called depressive episodes).
7. Dependent Personality Disorder
Someone with dependent personality disorder can be "clingy," which is brought on by fear. They are unable to or have difficulty making everyday decisions unless they are reassured and given advice.
8. Major Depressive Disorder
This is also known as clinical or unipolar depression. A person with depression experiences extreme low moods and feelings of hopelessness. It can also be linked to other illness and disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and insomnia.
9. Social Anxiety Disorder
This is one type of anxiety disorder where the person has an irrational fear of being in social situations. They can become self-conscious and fearful of being watched, judged, or criticized.
People with schizophrenia may hear voices that tell them what to do and they may feel they are controlled by the voices or being plotted against by them. Those with schizophrenia may say or do things that they wouldn't normally do.
11. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
People with PTSD have suffered a trauma that involved death, almost dying, or being seriously injured such as an accident, war, or natural disaster. This illness causes the person to feel as if they are reliving the traumatic event over and over. They will also avoid anything that reminds them of the event.
12. Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia is a fear of gaining weight and doing anything to prevent it. No matter what a person with anorexia does to lose weight and prevent gaining any, they do not see themselves as skinny enough. The results are damaging to their health and can cause death.
13. Autism Spectrum Disorder
The autism spectrum is vast and there are different levels that people fall on. The common signs of autism are trouble with social interaction and communication. Often the mouth can't say what the mind is trying to express.
14. Depersonalization Disorder
A person with depersonalization or derealization disorder feels detached from their surroundings, mental process, or body, so they may feel as if they are in a dream. They feel as if they are watching their body.
15. Dissociative Identity Disorder
16. Capgras Syndrome
Capgras is the irrational belief that a person or place has been replaced with an imposter, even though they look the same.
Agoraphobia is the fear of being trapped or helpless in public situations. This fear can be so intense that the person can't leave their house.
18. Paranoid Schizophrenia
Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common type of schizophrenia. A person will be paranoid and experience delusions and hallucinations.
19. Attention Deficit Disorder
Someone with ADD may have trouble concentrating, paying attention, and controlling their behavior which often doesn't reflect their age.