LONDON — Anyone who suffers from anxiety will know that the condition is far from amusing. But British illustrator Gemma Correll has created comical illustrations to help her cope with the everyday struggles of living with clinical anxiety and depression.
She's not alone: 6.4 million Britons will suffer from a disabling anxiety disorder at some stage in their lives, while depression affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide.
Correll — a graduate of the Norwich School of Art and Design — penned the comic-book style illustrations to raise awareness of the condition and to encourage people to speak more freely about the condition.
"The illustrations were all inspired by my own anxieties and neuroticisms," Correll told Mashable. "I suffer from clinical anxiety and depression and I find that the best way to deal with it is to find humour in it."
"I honestly think that humour can be a saviour at times of distress or, if you just live with a constant level of anxiety and depression like I do," she continued.
Correll's comics also explore what it's like to be an introvert.
Along with the worries that many women face on a daily basis.
And the troubles of modern life as a woman...
Correll hopes that her illustrations will help to break down the stigmas surrounding anxiety and depression.
"I do think that people should speak more freely about anxiety - not only the kind of anxiety where you have butterflies in your stomach before an exam, or feeling nervous about a party, but the kind of anxiety that really affects your life and decisions," Correll said.
"I think that it's a lot more prevalent than people realise. I know that I would have felt a little better as an anxiety-ridden teenager if I knew that I wasn't completely alone in my fears."