This artist illustrates his battle with depression as a mystical world of spirit animals

According to World Health Organization, depression is one of the most common mental health disorder which affects more than 300 million people, of all ages, all over the world. Despite of it being a common mental health disorder, a lot of people still cannot understand how depression is a crippling illness just like any physical disorders.

Coined as an “invisible illness,” most people do not have any idea how painful and difficult it is for people with depression to battle against feeling of emptiness and triumph over the demons inside their heads.

Polish artist Dawid Planeta, expressed his personal struggle against depression into a beautiful masterpiece.  His stunning work of art features a small man traveling through a long-forgotten jungle and his encounter with the manifestation of his fears, in the form of giant animals with glowing eyes. Giving us a vivid illustration of the internal battle which people with depression are experiencing.

Here are Dawid Planeta’s powerful and enchanting illustration, together with the quotations he had selected to caption his work of arts with:

“It is not where one is, but in what direction he is going.” George MacDonald, Mary Marston

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

“The stiller you are the calmer life is.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru

“The most important thing is this: to sacrifice what you are now for what you can become tomorrow.” ― Shannon L. Alder

“If size really mattered, the whale, not the shark, would rule the waters.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Allow the power to flow through you. Don’t try to capture it. You wish only to borrow it.” ― G.G. Collins

“The deeper I go into myself the more I realize that I am my own enemy.” ― Floriano Martins

“Stopping, sitting down and finding time for reflection are considered to be the most essential action related to fulfilling a human’s destination.” ― Sunday Adelaja

“Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, both dark and bright, and they will ensnare your soul.” ― Robert Beatty, Serafina and the Black Cloak

“One challenge at a time, I try to turn into the face of fear and tell it “you are not my master, you are the product of my self and I am your master.” I look into the monster’s eyes until it disappears. Then I am free.” ― Rohvannyn Shaw

“Every star was once darker than the night, before it awoke.” ― Dejan Stojanovic

May Dawid Planeta’s astounding illustrations help us have a better understanding about mental health issues, and serve as a reminder that we are capable of turning our pain into something beautiful.

Photos | Dawid Planeta

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