When Kate Fenner was 17 years old, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a relatively uncommon mental disorder that can affect a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The condition manifests itself differently in each person, but for Fenner, it means hallucinations.
At first, Fenner struggled to find healthy and effective ways to manage her mental illness. But a year after her diagnosis, Fenner has found the most stunning coping strategy: She brings her hallucinations to life in beautifully executed drawings and paintings, which include visual representations of the voices she hears and the bugs, faces, and disembodied eyes she sees.
"I hallucinate bugs quite often, and my depression makes me feel worthless like a fly," she explained in a post for Bored Panda.
"[The disembodied eyes I see] surface in mounds or masses on my walls or floors. They warp and move," Fenner wrote.
Ultimately, she says, that's just her goal — to be an open and honest voice for people who have schizophrenia in a world full of unfair and unrealistic media portrayals of mental illness.
"What I live with isn't easy, and it can be debilitating," Fenner "[But schizophrenia has] a spectrum of symptoms with varying severity levels. Each person's experience is unique."
Take a look at more of her fascinating drawings below.
[h/t Bored Panda]