These Artists Are Totally Nailing What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety
These are spot on...
One of the hardest things about living with mental health issues like anxiety and depression is explaining how you feel to other people.
No matter how much friends may try to help, it can often be very difficult for those not going through the same thing to understand what to do and they can often make things worse (telling people to ”cheer up” is literally the lease useful piece of advice ever, FYI). Unsurprisingly, this can lead to further feelings of isolation and frustration.
Comics, illustrations and artwork can often be a great tool for helping depict mental illness in ways words simply can’t. The Next Day, for example, is an interactive online comic that tells the stories of people who have survived suicide attempts and this awesome edition of Medical Tales Retold, a site that illustrates true(ish) stories from real patients, depicts living with anxiety and depression perfectly.
From small everyday battles to really dark days, knowing and seeing that others feel the same way can often be a big help to people who feel alone in their feelings.
That’s where excellent artists like Gemma Correll come in. Gemma’s simple comics help raise awareness about the everyday struggles of living with clinical anxiety and depression and helps encourage people to speak openly about the condition while injecting her own unique sense of humour.
They’re basically amazing and we want everyone to see them, so here’s a few to get you started.