Because depression can be a crushing, mind-numbing affliction, this individual uses art to articulate their feelings.
While there are progressive initiatives to make the world a better place and millions of compassionate individuals who are inspired to “be the change” they want to see, what the majority of the populace perceives through the mainstream media is that planet Earth is an impossible and depressing place to be.
Toxic media coupled with poor dietary choices and sedentary lifestyle habits undoubtedly contribute to the onset of depression in millions of people around the globe. While more people catch up to these facts, however, it’s important to raise awareness about the plight depressed and anxious individuals go through, as the weight of any mental affliction is oftentimes mind-numbing and too difficult to articulate.
One artist who feels this way is Sow Ay. Rather than try and talk about her experience with depression, they instead use their talents to portray what a torturously sad experience is like. They wrote on Tumblr:
“Some months ago, I started drawing my thoughts as an person struggling with generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”
In the United States, approximately 18.1% of the population suffers from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It’s important to raise awareness about anxiety and depressive disorders so that people may learn that they are not alone and receive the counseling and support they require. Following are 10+ of Sow Ay’s comics: