Our minds are such complicated mazes, we sometimes need help navigating them. After artist Kate Allan, who was struggling with her mental health, felt the impact of therapy, she decided to pass on some of the things she learned. The author of the book You Can Do All Things created a series of illustrations that are perfect for those days when your brain goes into complete overdrive to the point where you feel you just can’t.
“I have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Depression,” Kate told Bored Panda. “The [illustrations] half come from exercises I learned in therapy and half from personal experience.” According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the country age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population.
It is also not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to suffer from depression or as well. Nearly half of those diagnosed with the first are also diagnosed with the latter.
“Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have both been helpful in managing my mental health,” Kate added. “Eating well, exercising, creating, and working to have solid relationships have helped, too.” Her determination to get better makes Kate one of the few. Even though anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.