People with bipolar disorder can have extreme moods of feeling really high, very active and euphoric- 'manic' or feeling really low with intense sadness- 'depression'.
The Mania monster was created using power colours; yellow and red, symbolising the feeling of invincibility that can accompany mania. This monster is oversized representing the high energy, extreme feeling of well-being and optimism. His eyes do not appear tired which further symbolises the decreased need for sleep.
In contrast, the depressive monster is behind mania, symbolising the reclusiveness that comes with depression, a decreased willingness to socialise. Simple tasks can feel overwhelming. Depressions eyes appear tired to recognise the trouble with sleep, over sleeping or insomnia, and lack of energy that can accompany depression. These opposite moods are reflected in the different directions these monsters face. Mood episodes can last from days to months at a time and may also be associated with suicidal thoughts.
The word ‘bipolar’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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