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Comics Tell The Blunt And Dispiriting Truth About Traveling With Mental Illness
By Hannah Sofea, 17 Mar 2017
Image by Loren Conner and featured with permission
There are many types of mental illness including OCD, bipolar, depression and personality disorder. Each affects the lifestyle of the diagnosed—in this case, traveling.
Many with mental illness fear being a killjoy or burden when venturing overseas. A series of what-ifs circulate in their head, resulting in overthinking.
Those around them may offer a helping hand, providing comfort by saying that it is all right and that they understand. But do they really? A 2007 survey concluded that 25 percent of those with mental illness believed that others felt sympathetic toward them.
To provide a clearer picture about what goes through the mind of someone with mental illness, UK-based artist Loren Conner illustrated the comic series titled ‘Traveling With a Mental Illness’.
In partnership with UK insurance company Staysure, Conner asked several people with mental illness what it is like having to manage their condition whilst traveling.
She took their descriptions and translated them into vivid, remarkable illustrations that communicate their struggles.
Have a look through the series below.
PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
[via Huffington Post, images by Loren Conner and featured with permission]
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