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    Default Real monsters - Mental illness

    I found this artists work interesting.
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    He has been drawing monsters representing different mental illnesses.

    Do you think this way of viewing it is helpful? As an entity?

    A thought of my own is that according to the big five, a lot(if not most) of mental illnesses has their root in high levels of neurotisism.
    By that reason its not uncommon for a high neuroticism scorer to suffer from several conditions.
    With that in mind, I think it should be illustrated as a hydra. Neuroticism as its body but it manifests itself by showing its many ugly heads(the specific conditions).

    Anyways, what are your thoughts?
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    Kinda brings serial killer BTK/Dennis Rader’s frog monster, or “Factor X” to mind. The name & form he gave to his homicidal urges.

    His bizarre drawing:





    I could see perhaps how removing yourself from the illness could feel helpful in the short term for some people. For me, I found it more beneficial to accept myself. All of myself. The messed up parts are a part of me. But they do not make up all that I am. Not by a long shot.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Kinda brings serial killer BTK/Dennis Rader’s frog monster, or “Factor X” to mind. The name & form he gave to his homicidal urges.

    His bizarre drawing:





    I could see perhaps how removing yourself from the illness could feel helpful in the short term for some people. For me, I found it more beneficial to accept myself. All of myself. The messed up parts are a part of me. But they do not make up all that I am. Not by a long shot.
    Hmm I am not sure the two views are mutually exclusive.
    I will have to think some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    Hmm I am not sure the two views are mutually exclusive.
    I will have to think some more.
    They don’t have to be mutually exclusive, no. I assume it varies per the individual. I dig the idea of the hydra as a metaphor for general neuroticism, though I personally feel like giving our illnesses form beyond ourselves in the shape of inherently evil creatures could increase stigmatization of said illnesses.

    All depends on the people, I guess.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    They don’t have to be mutually exclusive, no. I assume it varies per the individual. I dig the idea of the hydra as a metaphor for general neuroticism, though I personally feel like giving our illnesses form beyond ourselves in the shape of inherently evil creatures could increase stigmatization of said illnesses.

    All depends on the people, I guess.
    Well, neuroticism is not inherently wrong per se. It has benefits as well.
    I wish the dimension could be dragged into the light.
    Perhaps the stigma would lessen then.

    BTW did you like the images themselves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    BTW did you like the images themselves?
    I felt neutral about a lot of them, however, I liked how Borderline Personality Disorder had no face to speak of.
    Anxiety was cute.
    I appreciated the insectoid appearance of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
    03/23 06:06:58 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:06:59 EcK: lex
    03/23 06:21:34 Nancynobullets: LEXXX *sacrifices a first born*
    03/23 06:21:53 Nancynobullets: We summon yooouuu
    03/23 06:29:07 Lexicon: I was sleeping!



    04/25 04:20:35 Patches: Don't listen to lex. She wants to birth a litter of kittens. She doesnt get to decide whats creepy

    02/16 23:49:38 ygolo: Lex is afk
    02/16 23:49:45 Cimarron: she's doing drugs with Jack

    03/05 19:27:41 Time: You can't make chat morbid. Lex does it naturally.

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    In during the harshest mental periods of my time, I can’t see how picturing them as a cute monster would help.

    While I think it’s nice what they’re doing to create more awareness, it does in no way show true empathy for those conditions.
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    An additional thought now after reading some of the descriptions.

    The pictures should all be used for some video game company for kids to play with on their game console.

    I haven’t ever felt more insulted reading them and imagine how demonized and victimized people with the disorder feel.
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    Personally I found the art style a little too trival and "cute" for how serious and scary those conditions can be and I've had experience both first and second hand of many of the condtions on the list, I think its okay to draw them but to be more accurate I would suggest people with at least second hand experience if not first hand to be the ones to describe them. Its well intentioned I will say and does raise awareness but I think its not just well presented.

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    I don't know how i feel about this, i read the monsters and i'm neutral and don't see how it would help reduce stigma. tbh but i don't hate it, so i'm on the fence
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so :hi:

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