Mental Illness Depicted Through The Visual Arts


Photography by Robbie Cavanaugh posted on The Mighty website article titled, Surreal Photos Show a Side of Depression We Don’t Often Get to See


These next several links will take you to articles on The Mighty website (a great website if I might add) that use art to better describe what it’s like to live with mental illness. I think it’s a clever idea that people are using art to better provide understanding to others on what it’s like to live with a mental illness. I think it is a lot better than verbally discribing it which is even much more difficult. Through the medium of the visual arts, mental illness a concrete look, because it has a “figure”. Not to mention art has a way of bringing about aesthetic energy among its viewers no matter what form of art. Thus through art it should bring about a better feel on mental illness by giving it a face and a story (as art typically does). So, check out them out on the links below:

This Comic Shows the Daily Battle of Someone With Anxiety and Depression

This Eerie Photograph Shows Anxiety Like We’ve Never Seen It Before

Powerful Comic Reveals What It Can Feel Like to Live With Anxiety

Artist’s Thoughtful Comic Conveys Her Experience With Anxiety

Photographer Explores Her Depression With Vulnerable Self-Portraits

Man Captures Stages of His Own Self-Acceptance in Surreal Photo Series

These Surreal Images Explore the Inner World of Depression

Show This Video to Anyone Who Doesn’t Believe Depression is A Medical Condition

Surreal Photos Show a Side of Depression We Don’t Often Get to See

Gripping Photo Series Portrays Anxiety With Everyday Objects

Comic Strip Uses Humor to Tackle Everyday Challenges of Anxiety

I Drew How Anxiety Affects Me

What Anxiety Feels Like, as Told by a Comic

When People Say Anxiety Is ‘All in Your Head,’ Show Them This

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