Real Monsters Vol. 1
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Monstrous manifestations of mental illnesses.
Real Monsters Volume 1
-Character design series-
A reboot of my Real Monsters project, which attempts to give a face to the monsters of Mentall Illnesses. All of the monsters and their descriptions have been reworked to better reflecting their original concepts.
The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical 
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The anxiety monster is small enough to sit on its victim’s shoulder and whisper things in to their unconscious, eliciting fearful thoughts and irrational worries. The anxiety monster is often seen as weak in comparison to others, but it is one of the most common and is very hard to get rid of. 
They often carry small objects linked to their victim’s anxieties such as clocks which represent a common but irrational fear of things that might never happen. No-one has ever seen the face of the anxiety monster for it always wears a skull as a mask.
The avoidant personality monster is similar to social anxiety but much smaller in size and prefers to live above ground. They spend most of their time hiding in trees, using their leaf-like wings to camouflage and hide from anyone or anything that is around them. 
They have an unsightly appearance to ward off contact with other monsters but are in fact gentle and kind creatures, having a delicate beauty about them that even the creature is mostly unaware of. They interact with their victims innocently, only wishing to be friendly, but they unintentionally pass on their own anxieties or fears to the victim with contagious spores excreted from their tails. 
The borderline personality monster is one 
of  the most delicate but perhaps the most sinister of monsters. They gather in small swarms around their victims and use pheromones to heighten the emotions of their victim before feeding upon the emotional energies. They feed upon any emotion but tend to favour feelings of depression.
The monster is made almost completely of  clear ice, rendering it invisible. Only the maple shaped leaf on its tail is visible to the naked eye and looks like a falling leaf. At times, when the monster gorges itself too much on any given emotion, it can overwhelm them and they shatter like glass.

The depression monster floats around endlessly, always covering his eyes to hide itself from the outside world. Because of this it always bumps into people or other monsters causing more distress to itself each time. 
Its only relief is to wrap its fluid tail around a victim and share its depression with them. The victim is unaware of the monster but will register a heaviness and will develop a state of deep depression.  Meanwhile the monster absorbs any positive emotion from its host until it has had its fill and moves onto another host. 

The schizophrenia monster is a vile creature that manipulates its victims into doing its bidding. It uses hallucinogenic gases secreted from the pores on its underbelly to control and influence others to do what it wants. Its victims relate to the monster as a powerful and controlling voice inside their subconscious.
It is often accompanied by other monsters such as Paranoia, with Schizophrenia taking up an authoritative role much like a mafia gang leader. They are rarely seen and like to hide in the shadows.

The paranoia monster uses its tall ears like a radar, scanning the area for any activity. In fact, the monster’s ears are almost useless due to the tight curled up cartilage and thick fur, so the sounds often get confused and muffled meaning paranoia almost often hears the wrong thing, which it then passes onto its victim. 
They feed upon feelings of anxiety of fear which they unintentionally create within their victims and they work with other monsters such as schizophrenia and anxiety, of which they share a similar biology. 

The dissociative identity monster (also known as multiple personality disorder) can be characterized by its ability to alter its form into whatever it likes. As well as changing itself physically, the creature also takes on different personas of itself each with their own personality.
The monster’s constantly altering form reflects its victims alternate personalities. If many different personalities exist, the monster and victim can become confused about their original identity and multiple personas can play out in the same from. No ‘DID’ monster looks or acts the same as another.

The social anxiety monster spends most of its life underground or in secluded sheltered areas. Because of this their skin appears pale and anaemic apart from hard plates that serve as an unnecessary means of defence. They are from the same biological family as the anxiety and paranoia monsters but due to their extreme way of life they have evolved to look quite different.
The monster spends most of its time in hibernation but will project their auras into human hosts in the hope of living out the ordinary lives they can never have. In the process, the monster passes its own anxieties to its victim so both monster and the human host experience similar irrational social fears or worries.