These Graphic Illustrations Of Mental Disorders Are Straight Out Of A Psychological Nightmare
Psychological Disorders (also referred to as mental illness, mental disorders, or psychiatric disorder) are a pattern of thought or behavior that is outside the expected norms and impairs an individual’s ability function in ordinary life in some way. Such disorders are generally defined by examining how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. These disorders are just one part of mental health, but they are an important part.
The causes of psychological disorders are varied and in some cases unclear. The theories often incorporate findings from a range of fields. Assessments are carried out by psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers, using various methods which rely on observation and questioning.
These drawings, made by Cyanide & Happiness artist Shawn Cross, perfectly illustrate some of the most complex disorders of the human mind:
Agoraphobia is the fear of being in situations from which escape might not be possible or difficult.
Anoreixa Nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person tries to keep their weight as low as possible.
Attention Deficit Disorder is a group of symptoms which include inattentiveness and impulsiveness.
Autism is a condition in which the social inter-activeness and communication of the individual is affected.
Bipolar Disorder is characterized by severe mood swings from extreme highs to extreme lows.
Borderline Personality Disorder can by characterized by disturbed patterns of perception, emotional instability and intense yet unstable relationships.
Capgras Syndrome makes the person hold an irrational belief that a friend, spouse or parent has been replaced with an imposter.
Cotard’s Delusion is a rare mental illness in which the patients think they are dead or their bodies do not exist.
Dependent Personality Disorder is an illness wherein the patient has a fear of being abandoned by or separated from important individuals in their life.
Depersonalization Disorder can be characterized by a feeling of being completely detached from one’s body and thoughts.
Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder is a mental illness in which the patient may show inappropriate or overly familiar behaviour with relative strangers.
Dissociative Identity Disorder is a state in which the patient feels a lack of connection with their thoughts, feelings, memories or actions. It’s also known as Multiple Personality Disorder.
Insomnia is a disorder in which the patient finds it difficult to get any sleep for prolonged periods of time.
Major Depressive Disorder is a state in which the patient experiences a loss of interest, low energy, depressed mood and declining activity for long periods.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition in which the patient feels the compulsion for repetitive behaviour in order to temporarily relieve feelings of anxiety.
Paranoid Schizophrenia is a subtype in which the sufferer feels that people close to them are plotting against them or their family.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is caused by very stressful or fearful events in the patient’s life. The patient may suffer from nightmares and a feeling of isolation.
Social Anxiety Disorder is an illness wherein the patient develops and irrational fear of being in social situations. They may feel too self-conscious and have a fear of being constantly watched or judged
The severity of these complicated disorders is so perfectly illustrated in these drawings. It’s fascinating yet at the same time, extremely terrifying!