For one of my college abnormal psych classes I'm doing a project based on 4 different mental illnesses. Essentially I am making informative fliers with images on them. This is not even the finished image, its more of the thumbnail/draft for what I plan on creating. Below is information for I would add on the flier itself. This information will also need to be refined before putting it on a flier.
What is Depression?
Depression is a form of mood disorder. It results in constant feelings of sadness or lost interest that persists long enough to affect how an individual may behave, think and can cause a lot of emotional and physical issues that hinder their everyday life.
They include but are not limited to: feelings or thoughts involving sadness, emptiness, hopelessness and suicidality. Physical changes like notably loss or gain of appetite, insomnia or over sleeping or overall lack of energy. Drastic change in daily habits for example, hanging out with friends, sports or general interests may diminish and these activities may no longer be satisfying or halted.
Teens to people in their 30s are the most common demographic to get depression.
What you can do
Information retrieved from Mayoclinic.org and the DSM-V
As a sidenote: Your mental illness shouldn't define you. Try and not treat mental illness as an adjective, treat it as a noun. You are not your mental illness. Switching your mentality from "I am depressed" to "I have depression" is a wonderful way to look at your mental illness and fight against it. This goes for almost all mental illnesses not just depression.
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I myself never felt these symptoms neither have a meet a person with said symptoms. And I wish that I could at least help one person but ai know I'm not the correct person for the job.
In my opinion you captured the feeling of true depression very well ... like a thick dark cloud surrounding your mind & making you feel very down...
Thanks for sharing this & calling attention to a very important topic like this
I guess it's the perspective, the caved pose, the clouds & the water where his feet are in which give an impression of "compression" and yes, maybe "shortness" in some parts
Maybe the boy's just a lil' younger ... or it's the artist's very own style of human drawing
While I suffer from anxiety, I think you captured very well how depression is like. I think the legs could be a bit longer, but I know this piece is not about anatomy. The idea is portraying and describing a very important mental illness and about delivering a message, and I think you're doing it very well.