Artist Suffering From Anxiety Illustrates The Real Monsters Lurking Behind Mental Illnesses

Toby Allen is an artist who suffers from a variety of mental illnesses, from anxiety to body dismorphic disorder. It’s no secret that mental illness is often poorly characterized in popular culture, and many of these images help dispel myths about them.

“The project originated from imagining my own anxieties as monsters and finding it to be a cathartic and healing process to draw them,” Allen told The Huffington Post. “It made them feel weaker and I was able to look at my own anxiety in a comical way.”

The project originated from imagining my own anxieties as monsters,” he says.

It made them feel weaker and I was able to look at my own anxiety in a comical way. I hope it helps people see their illnesses in a different light, make it appear more manageable.

Anxiety

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Paranoia

Selective Mutism

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

Avoidant Personality Disorder

Sleep Disorder

Social Anxiety

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Bipolar

Schizophrenia

Misophonia

Borderline Personality Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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