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le 19 septembre 2016

[Gizmodo] Présentation de 10 bandes dessinées traitant des troubles psychiques de manière originale (en anglais)

Comics don't always have the best track record when it comes to portraying mental illness. In superhero stories, mental illness is often associated with violence and villainy. There are, however, other, often personal, comics that can open your eyes to real human experiences with mental disorders.

Just a heads up: many of these comics deal with self-harm, suicide, and other issues that can be triggering to some individuals.

1. Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

Darryl Cunningham worked as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric ward and witnessed the realities of mental illnesses and their symptoms. Psychiatric Tales combines science, history, and anecdotes to demystify and destigmatize mental illness, and Cunningham's stark artwork can be deeply affecting. You can read portions of Psychiatric Tales online in their pre-press form, including "People With Mental Illness Enhance Our Lives," "Dementia Ward," "Suicide," "Schizophrenia," "Cut and Delusions," and the last chapter.

2. Hyperbole and a Half, "Adventures in Depression" and "Depression Part Two" by Allie Brosh

Allie Brosh turns her manic humor on her own depression in a pair of comics that are both deeply personal and explain brilliantly the sense of hopelessness, exhaustion, and self-loathing that comes with depression. It's also a reminder that relief can come from unexpected (and sometimes completely nonsensical) places, like a shriveled-up piece of corn found beneath the refrigerator.

3. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

When cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was in a manic phase and not eager to seek treatment, fearing that medication would impair her creativity. But after she was hit with a major depressive episode, she started her journey toward reconciling her illness and treatment with her creative life. Marbles is a look at bipolar disorder from the inside, capturing the seductive qualities of mania and the ambivalence some people feel about treatment and medication.

Source Gizmodo