These Illustrations Show What It’s Like To Live With Schizophrenia

It’s hard to walk in the shoes of someone with a serious mental health condition, but art can play a major role in bridging the divide.

Kate Fenner, an 18-year-old artist, tapped into this exact creative process in order to better explain how her schizophrenia diagnosis affects her everyday reality. The result is a series of illustrations that perfectly capture how the mental health disorder feels and manifests:

”I’ve been ‘diagnosed’ with multiple labels over the years,” she wrote on Bored Panda. “At the age of 17, I finally was diagnosed with schizophrenia after my parents realized my mental health was getting worse.”

Fenner’s art focuses on her symptoms, which include experiencing hallucinations of bugs and hearing voices. She hopes that by being more open about her personal experience, she opens the door for others to share their stories. She also said she wants to dismantle the misconception that those with a mental illness are lazy or violent.

“As soon as I tell people what I struggle with, I feel like that’s all they see me as,” she wrote of the stereotypes. “They see the stigma perpetuated by the media, and the inaccurate stereotypes portrayed in Hollywood. That is precisely why I am so open about what I live with.”

Approximately 4 percent percent of adults in the United States are diagnosed with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia. The disorder is highly stigmatized, which can be dangerous: Research shows negative attitudes and shame around mental health prevent people from seeking help.

That’s where education can come in: Experts say that learning about mental health disorders and how they take a toll on the person living with them can help people become more compassionate.

Take a look at a few of Fenner’s illustrations below to gain more insight into what it’s like to deal with schizophrenia firsthand. Nothing like a little visual perspective.

The above illustration is an image of the bug Fenner often sees in her hallucinations, she said in Bored Panda.

This sketch explains what a hallucination is and how Fenner experiences it.

This drawing portrays how her condition sometimes robs Fenner of her self esteem.

Head over to Fenner’s Instagram to see more.

H/T Bored Panda

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It’s Hard To Forget The Best Photos From Obama’s First 100 Days

With President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office approaching, we’re looking back at the photos released by the White House since Inauguration Day.

And it became clear that there was a stark difference in the intimacy of Trump’s photos compared with those from President Barack Obama’s first 100 days, likely because of the wealth of images captured and shared by White House photographer Pete Souza. (You can revisit them all thanks to the archive on the Obama White House Flickr.)

Souza captured many iconic images during Obama’s first 100 days, ranging from private Super Bowl screenings with 3D glasses to quiet moments with first lady Michelle Obama.

Check out photos from Obama’s first 100 days below. You might just see one of your favorites. 

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These Are Some Of The Best Photos From President Trump’s First 100 Days

The first 100 days of any presidency have long been held up as a marker, and President Donald Trump’s expectations for his first 100 were high.

Some of the photos from Barack Obama’s first 100 days became among his most iconic. Images from Trump’s time in office so far include signed executive orders, handshakes with world leaders and even a childlike moment in a big truck. 

Only a handful of photos have been released by the White House’s official photographer, Shealah Craighead, and her staff. But thanks to wire services, too, we have images of some truly memorable moments from the beginning of Trump’s presidency. 

See more photos from Trump’s first 100 days below. 

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Cop Called To End Kids’ Dance Event Ends Up Teaching Them How To Salsa

This police officer in San Antonio, Texas, has sure got some smooth moves.

When a neighbor called cops out to shut down a children’s dance club event that was being held in a backyard late Saturday, the unidentified officer went off script — and ended up teaching the attending youngsters how to dance salsa.

See how it went down here:

Leslie Sapp, whose daughter was attending the Next Generation Dance Crew event, shared the above footage of the heartwarming moment to Facebook. It’s now going viral.

Instead of shutting it down or even interrupting, the officer asked to play a song and then his song came on, and well, the video speaks for itself,” Sapp told KSAT.

The officer danced with several children and posed with the crew once the song had ended. 

Sapp said the officer had helped alter her daughter’s perception of law enforcers. “As a parent, especially these days, there is a lot of negativity in the world when it comes to cops, and he broke that stereotype,” she said.

HuffPost has reached out for comment.

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Stephen King Has A ‘Gentle’ Message For Trump Voters

Author Stephen King has a message for people who voted for President Donald Trump and still support him.

The horror master is likely referencing recent polls that showed Trump voters weren’t having any second thoughts about their pick for president. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found only 2 percent had any regrets.

At the same time, Trump approaches his 100-day mark as president with a record-low approval rating overall and a fairly meager list of accomplishments.  

King has long been critical of Trump. In March, he mocked the president’s unproven wiretapping claims in a series of tweets. And last year, prior to the election, King shared this: 

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Creative Family Photo Shows Four Generations Of Women

A Texas photographer found a creative way to take an intergenerational family picture.

Amber Rater of Moose Photography created this special image of local mom Nicole Margavitch, along with her mother, grandmother and daughter.

The awesome photo appeared on the popular Facebook page, Love What Matters, where it received over 19,000 likes. 

“This photograph is something I will cherish for the rest of my life,” Nicole stated in the caption. “There are 72 years between the first and the last photo in this sequence, yet the values, beauty and love transcend through generations. This photo captures the pride we have for those who came before us and those who came after us.” 

Several Facebook commenters shared similar photos of their own families.

Though Amber used Photoshop to bring the image to life, you can create a similar photo manually, by printing out photographs as you go along and having each successive family member hold them. 

It takes work, but as the above photos show, the result is pure family joy.

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Nina Simone Said She Almost Killed A Man For Not Paying Her In Vintage Clip

In a recently resurfaced clip from a 1999 BBC interview with the late Nina Simone, the legendary musician recalled an incident during which she says she attempted to kill a record company executive for robbing her. 

BBC Hard Talk posted a clip from the March 1999 interview to their Twitter page on the 14th anniversary of Simone’s death last Friday. In the video, the outspoken artist told interviewer Tim Sebastian that the exec took her albums without paying her. Simone said she confronted the company when they came to Switzerland. 

She doesn’t go into detail or specify who “they” is.

“I said ‘where’s my money?’” she told Sebastian. “And they said, ‘we’re not going to give you any money.’”

“I said, ‘oh yes, you are.’ I got a gun ― it was a gun, it wasn’t a knife  ― and I followed him to a restaurant and I tried to kill him,” she continued.

But Simone said she missed her target and returned to the U.S. When the interviewer questioned whether Simone indeed pulled the trigger, she clarified with “of (bleep) excuse me, yes I did.”

He then asked if the attempted killing made Simone feel better to which she replied: “Oh yes. Sorry I didn’t get him.”

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Scientists May Have Finally Figured Out Why This Man Is Screaming

Between the late 1800s and early 1900s, artist Edvard Munch created four versions of his magnum opus “The Scream,” which depicts a man enduring extreme psychological anguish while alone on a bridge beneath a raging blood-red sky. One “Scream” artwork broke auction records in 2012 when it sold for nearly $120 million

For centuries art historians and enthusiasts have understood the tempestuous weather conditions depicted in the work as a symbolic representation of existential dread, as experienced by one very pale, very bald man. 

But during a talk held Tuesday at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, the University of Olso’s Dr. Helene Muri posited that perhaps Munch wasn’t painting stomach-churning angst at all, but simply crazy clouds. 

Specifically, Dr. Muri suggested that Munch had witnessed the rare weather phenomenon known as nacreous clouds, mother-of-pearl clouds or “screaming clouds” ― quite appropriately. The unusual condition forms in extremely cold temperatures (minus 80 to 85 degrees Celsius) at very high altitudes (between nine and 12 miles), combined with a bit of humidity.

The resulting clouds, which only manifest at sunset or after dark, appear like thin, wriggling waves in pronounced colors. “You get these very distinct colorings,” Muri explained, “from the combination of scattering, diffraction and internal refraction of the sunlight on these tiny ice crystals.”

The clouds likely adopted their reddish hue thanks to the eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, which occurred nine years before Munch painted his first “Scream” in 1893. Yet volcanic fallout remains in the air for years after a massive eruption, and can yield sunsets with palettes resembling fiery explosions. 

This explanation fits with how Munch described the shocking sky in his 1890 journal:

“The sky suddenly became bloodish red. I stopped, leant against the fence, tired to death ― watched over the flaming clouds as blood and sword the city ― the blue-black fjord and the city ― My friends went away ― I stood there shivering from dread ― and I felt this big, infinite scream through nature.”

“We do know that there were mother-of-pearl clouds in the Oslo area in the late 19th century,” Dr. Muri told The Telegraph. Although Muri has lived in the Oslo region for 25 years, she’s only seen the Mother of Pearl clouds once herself. The researcher imagines that if Munch saw the crimson display on a random evening, he would have understandably flipped out. 

“Today the general public has a lot more scientific information but you can imagine back in his day, he’d probably never seen these clouds before,” Dr. Muri told The BBC. “As an artist, they no doubt could have made quite an impression on him.”

Whether or not Munch was actually inspired by a rare meteorological event or some sort of internal panic attack ― or a little bit of both ― we’ll probably never know for sure. But it’s always fun to add another “Scream” hypothesis to the vault, especially one that involves something as weird and terrifying as “screaming clouds.”

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Kobe Bryant Used To Slam Basketballs, But Now He Slams Poetry About Urkel

Family matters, and so does Kobe Bryant’s slam poetry.

The former NBA star is used to clutch performances, and he came up with another one on “The Tonight Show” Monday, reciting a slam poem about Steve Urkel from “Family Matters.”

Did he do that?

Uh, yeah, he did. 

For anyone thinking this sounds strange, you’re right. It is strange — strange Kobe hasn’t been doing this every day of his life.

This poetry performance is totally out of the blue. But it’s amazing.

Kobe was known as “The Black Mamba.” He had a killer instinct in the league. We just didn’t expect the transition from NBA to slam poet to be so smooth.

If Kobe keeps doing stuff like this, who knows how far he’ll go?

Considering he also sang some of “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” on the show, we’re guessing it’s pretty far.

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Like A Prayer (Or Not), A Madonna Biopic Is On The Horizon

Madonna made it through the wilderness, and now you’ll get to see her origin story on the big screen. 

Universal Pictures has picked up “Blond Ambition,” based on a buzzy script that appeared on 2016’s Black List, the annual survey that ranks well-liked unproduced Hollywood screenplays. It’s the work of first-time feature writer Elyse Hollander, who sets the story in the early 1980s as Madonna works to get her career off the ground within the misogynistic music industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter

“Blond Ambition” topped the Black List last year, which is a sign of hope for a subject that’s tricky to pull off given Madonna’s larger-than-life fame. There’s no word on casting yet, but the script presents Madonna, who moved from Detroit to New York in 1978 to pursue dancing and singing, prioritizing her career over young love. During those intervening years, the broke singer lived in an abandoned synagogue and low-rent apartments while working odd jobs, playing in a punk band and performing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

According to Vulture, the film also focuses on the early days of MTV and Madonna’s romantic relationship with John “Jellybean” Benitez, who produced her 1983 debut album. The script reportedly culminates with Madonna’s groundbreaking “Like a Virgin” performance at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.

HuffPost reached out to Madonna’s rep to ask if she has any involvement with the movie and whether she’ll allow her music to be used, but we didn’t hear back. Madonna has always wielded control over her image, so it would seem out of character for her to endorse someone else’s take on her life. That said, two producers involved do have ties to the singer. Universal executive Michael De Luca produced “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” for which Madonna recorded the song “Beautiful Stranger,” and Brett Ratner, whose production company is partnering with Universal on the project, directed the “Beautiful Stranger” music video. 

There’s no word on when “Blond Ambition” will begin production or who might direct the movie, which takes its name from Madonna’s celebrated 1990 world tour

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