This Schizophrenic Draws Her Hallucinations To Help Her Cope With The Disease

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One of the primary characterizations of schizophrenia is hallucinations. These can be visual, where a person sees something that isn’t there, or auditory, when that person hears things that aren’t real. There’s a stigma attached to schizophrenia and the average person doesn’t understand the disease very well, if at all. Kate, who has the illness, aims to break that stigma.
Kate has been an artist for most of her life, long before she was given her diagnosis. She uses her art to cope with her schizophrenia, and to share with the world what she feels and sees. She doesn’t want to be seen as broken and is very open about her disease.
What you are about to see are her artistic renderings of her hallucinations. What you will read are Kate’s own words.
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Meet Kate

“My name is Kate and I’m an 18-year-old artist with schizophrenia.”
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Coping with Art

“I draw a lot of my hallucinations as drawing helps me deal with it.”
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Hearing and Seeing Things

“In my hallucinations I hear voices, sound effects, random noises, and I often see bugs, faces, and disembodied eyes.”
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Bug Illustrations

“I hallucinate bugs quite often, and my depression makes me feel worthless like a fly. These bug illustrations represent my illness.”
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Crawling Hallucinations

“This one crawls out of the vent in my ceiling and makes clicking noises, or I’ll see it crawl out from underneath things.”
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Self Portrait

“This is a self-portrait. I looked in the mirror and my eyes did this thing. I painted it.”
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Hearing Voices

“I have a lot of intense emotions, and hear voices telling me to light things on fire.”
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Disembodied Eyes

“Here is an example of the disembodied eyes I see. They surface in a mounds or masses on my walls or floors. They warp and move.”
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Birdie

“This is Birdie, she sings to me.”
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Feeling Insignificant

“My self-esteem is at its lowest, and I feel insignificant. I always wish I could shapeshift into a “prettier” person.”
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Colors and Circles

“What eyes sometimes look like, with more of those odd colors and circles.”
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Managing Emotions

“Organization, communication, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and managing my emotions are the biggest struggles for me.”
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