We’re fans of anything that opens up the conversation around mental health, including these mesmerizing illustrations by Shawn Cross. In honor of “Inktober,” he’s depicting a different mental illness in ink every day this month.

The resulting characters are somewhat dark (HP fans will get a Dementor vibe), which makes them even more powerful. Whether or not you can directly relate to them, they are encouraging tons of people to join the discussion (or share their own stories) surrounding mental health—which is exactly the point:

Major Depressive Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Anorexia Nervosa

Bipolar Disorder


Schizophrenia Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder


Borderline Personality Disorder

Capgras Syndrome

Dissociative Identity Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Paranoid Schizophrenia

Dependent Personality Disorder

Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Depersonalization Disorder

Cotard’s Delusion

All photos: Shawn Cross