Just one big headache

I have a thing for google images.  I decided to type “mental health” in the search bar and see what came up…I saw an interesting trend that I would like to share with you.

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I see two things from these people grasping their heads, it looks like they are having really bad headaches or they are all really sad or stressed.  I know that it is difficult to visually get the idea of mental illness across.  But it is a complicated concept.  Unfortunately images like these imply that mental illness equals sad or headache.  It makes it all feel so simple.  Most of these images are stock images too and when you do a little research it is interesting to see what they are attached to.  Some are connected to articles about stress, one about how racial discrimination hurts the mental health of African American women, one is about panic attacks and anxiety, one is from an article called “How your financial health can impact your mental health.”

Try putting some search terms into google images and see what happens.  It’s an interesting activity.

Bipolar Art

When I was looking for some kind of image to put on my last post I came across some interesting artwork.  I like putting images on blog posts because it draws readers in and it gives you something to look at when I post the blog on Facebook.  But while looking for an image related to Bipolar Disorder I came across this:

It really struck me.  I’m not sure why.  Perhaps that the image is of a person who looks like a young child.  It could be the contrasting imagery, of course intentional due to the “dual” nature of Bipolar Disorder.  I find the image intense though not disturbing like some of the images that came up in the “Bipolar art” search category of google images. 

Case and point:

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