Not Hiding Behind A Fake Smile – Artist Laughs Through Anxiety, Depression

At times, those of us living with anxiety and depression find it difficult to function. We hide behind a smile and an ‘everything is okay’ attitude, but under our fake facade we are in pain. Illustrator Gemma Correll understands what we are going through; like many great artists, she too suffers from anxiety and depression.

Drawing by Gemma Correu via Instagram.
Self-Portrait/Image by Gemma Correll via Instagram.

Correll decided to take her own experiences and, with a sense of humor, share them through her drawings. Correll explains:

“I honestly think that humour can be a savior at times of distress, or if you just live with a constant level of anxiety and depression like I do…I know that I would have felt a little better as an anxiety-ridden teenager if I knew that I wasn’t completely alone in my fears.”

Here are some of Correll’s pieces addressing anxiety and depression that she has generously shared with the public through social media:

For more of her brilliant artwork, you can visit Correll at

Featured image is a screenshot from Tumblr.