Toby Allen says the monsters are not meant to make light of the conditions. He hopes that by giving them a physical form, he will make them seem more beatable – also hopes they will reduce stigma around mental illness.
The mental illness monsters: Artist visualizes what illnesses would look like if they were mythical creatures
By EMMA INNES
PUBLISHED: 11:44 EST, 8 October 2013
Toby Allen, a Cornish artist, has imagined what eight common mental illnesses would look like if they were monsters.
He drew what he believed anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, paranoia and dissociative identity disorder would look like as monsters.
Depression has often been described as the black dog, but now one artist has taken a very different approach in visualizing mental illness.
Mr Allen said: ‘The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more beatable as physical entities.’
He told Suvudo he hopes the drawings will help to reduce the stigma around mental illness and that they will help bring an element of humor and understanding to the conditions.
Mr Allen says he started by designing the Anxiety monster as anxiety is something familiar to him meaning he found the design came naturally.
Note from Bon: Not sure how the people with borderline personality disorder are going to like the first paragraph in his description! It sort of describes an emotional vampire and speaks to the perceived stigma and notions from those around people with BPD. These are the very notions that I try to unwind in my books and on this blog.