10 Comics That Can Help You Understand Mental Illness

Following up on yesterday’s post, here’s a piece at io9 (we come from the future). Take a look and see which ones appeal. The styles of art vary quite a bit. I’ve noted a couple that I can vouch for. The comics are:

  1. Psychiatric Tales by Daryl Cunningham. (recommended). A psychiatric ward from the perspective of a nurse assistant. “…combines science, history, and anecdotes to demystify and destigmatize mental illness, and Cunningham’s stark artwork can be deeply affecting.”
  2. Adventures in Depression and Depression Part 2 by Allie Brosh (recommended). Sets the standard for depression narratives. Sad, but also very funny.
  3. Marbles: Mania, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney (recommended). Insightful first-person account of the frustrations of being bipolar.
  4. depression comix by Clay. “…a sometimes gut-wrenching, sometimes tender, often relatable series of comics about the daily struggles of life with depression.” (I don’t know this one, but it looks very promising)
  5. I Do Not Have an Eating Disorder by Khale McHurst. Chronicle of disordered eating.
  6. better, drawn (various artists). Wide range of mental health topics in a variety of styles.
  7. Look Straight Ahead by Elaine M. Will. Narrative fiction about a mental breakdown.
  8. I’m Crazy by Adam Bourret. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Available only on Facebook?
  9. Invisible Injury: Beyond PTSD by Jeff Severns Guntzel and Andy Warner. Addresses the sense of “moral injury” veterans often feel when asked to do something that goes against what they consider to be right and wrong.
  10. The Next Day by Jason Gilmore, Paul Peterson, and John Porcellino. Interviews with survivors of suicide attempts.

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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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