Mental illnesses and disorders are often romanticized or brushed off. That's not right.

Artist Shawn Cross has taken the liberty of drawing his own depiction of mental illnesses and disorders each day to show the raw and scary truth behind them. He is shedding light on what these illnesses really are like and explains to others who may not understand the severity of some diagnoses.

You can see more of his work as he continues to illustrate mental illnesses and disorders each day for the month of October on his Facebook page, Shawn Coss — Artist.

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1. Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder typically starts in young people or adults. People who suffer from BPD have trouble regulating their thoughts and emotions and can become impulsive and reckless. They can also experience unstable intense relationships and a distorted self-image.

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2. Insomnia

There are two kinds of insomnia. One is where you can't fall asleep but it's not directly linked to any other health issue. The other is where a health condition, pain, medication, or substance abuse is involved.

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3. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder

This disorder affects children. They will go up to, and talk to, strangers, but they don't see the potential danger.

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4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

People with OCD obsess over thoughts, urges, or images. The things they can't let go of cause anxiety and their compulsions are an attempt to reduce this anxiety. Cleaning is one obsession most commonly known as simply organizing things. People with OCD understand their obsessions don't make sense but they feel they can't control them.

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