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An Artist Illustrates What Different Mental Illnesses Feels Like

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One of the biggest problems in our modern society is a very serious matter that often gets disregarded—mental health. Strangely enough, we have advanced in so many ways, yet we find ourselves living in a time when mental illness can be easily brushed off—unlike the physical problems and pains that we rush to take care of as soon as we feel them.

The mental health of a person is just as important as one’s physical health, and that is something that many people seem to be strangely unable to comprehend.

The other major problem is the result of a lack of awareness; those who know that they are suffering mentally often keep it a secret, which could result in devastating effects.

Mental issues need to be treated just like any other illness, and because the problem with the lack of understanding of the situation is enormous, there are more and more campaigns created in an attempt to draw attention. Many celebrities have opened up and spoke about their personal mental issues, thereby trying to set an example for everyone who is afraid to seek help.

One of these campaigns is #SickNotWeak, which was initiated in 2009 by Michael Landsberg, a famous sports broadcaster. The idea behind it was to introduce what mental problems actually could lead to by creating an honest and straightforward discussion.

An artist named Shawn Cross decided to show his own interpretation of mental disorders in order to try to recreate their seriousness by visualizing them.

1. Borderline Personality Disorder

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This condition usually occurs in the younger or adult years of a person, and those suffering from borderline personality disorder suffer from an almost constant struggle to regulate the emotions and thoughts that keep flowing; it often results in reckless, impulsive, and completely unpredictable behavior. People who have been diagnosed with BPD often experience great instability and tension in their relationships—as well as a blurry and inaccurate self-image.

2. Insomnia

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Insomnia could be divided into two types. The common one means that a person can simply not fall asleep, and this type is not related to any other health problems.
The second type is commonly caused by a certain health condition or pain, and it could also be linked to taking a medication or abusing addictive substances.

3. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

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This is a condition that affects children—and in today’s reality, it can be extremely dangerous. It means that a child might easily go to a stranger and engage in a conversation without realizing the potential risk of doing so. A significant number of kids would do exactly that, as has been shown by some social experiments.

4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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OCD is a common disorder that is relatively easy to identify. People who suffer from it are obsessed with a certain image, thought, or desire. They tend to fail to let go of something they really should, and the compulsions kick in as an attempt to get rid of the anxiety. An example of this would be any person that is cleaning all the time. Those who suffer from this condition are aware of the obsessions they have and understand that they often do not make any sense, but at the same time they are not able to control them.

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5. Cotard’s Delusion

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One of the rarest disorders on the list is Cotard’s Delusion. Those that have been diagnosed with it believe that they have died—literally or figuratively speaking.

6. Bipolar Disorder

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Another relatively common illness is bipolar disorder, which causes people who have it to experience sudden changes in their mood and energy levels. In one moment, the person is highly energetic and enthusiastic (these are the so-called manic episodes), and immediately the mood can switch to sad and even hopeless (known as depressive episodes).

7. Dependent Personality Disorder

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This condition means the person’s emotions are highly dependent on something or someone, and this is controlled by fear. People suffering from dependent personality disorder struggle with making even the smallest decision unless they receive some guidance or advice from someone.

8. Major Depressive Disorder

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This condition is also known as unipolar depression, and it means that a depressed person is experiencing very low mood and is consumed by hopelessness. It is often linked to bipolar disorder, anxiety, and even insomnia.

9. Social Anxiety Disorder

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A person suffering from this type of disorder fears being present in any kind of social situation, and he or she tends to develop a constant fear of being watched or judged.

10. Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenics sometimes hear voices that guide them regarding what to do—and also feel controlled by them. People who have this illness may even develop a paranoid belief that somebody is plotting against them, and they could speak things that they normally would not say at all.

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