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A subcategory of Webcomics that explores mental illness from a personal and at times humorous perspective. Thus giving a unique visual representation of one of the most misunderstood human maladies. Tropes in this genre include therapy, depression and various mental disorders.

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  • Because I'm Depressed: A Black Comedy webcomic about a clinically depressed, drug-abusing widower and his struggles in raising his daughter with the help of his two roommates.
  • Beneath the Woods: The main character, a trans boy named Max, struggles with anxiety and panic attacks. His medium powers and interactions with ghosts serve as a metaphor for his anxiety and how he learns to cope with it. Orion also struggles with depression.
  • Better Drawn: A collection of comics by various artists who are dealing with long-term mental and physical illnesses: anxiety, PTSD, social phobia, heart disease, cancer, dissociation, and more.
  • Cat-Person. The main character, Neko, has agoraphobia and borderline personality disorder. The story takes place in the aftermath of her suicide attempt.
  • City Of Depression: This is an introspective survival story. A teenager is responsible for the safety of humanity when a group of alien geneticists, who believe they have created two perfect human beings, call upon their superiors and initiate a galaxy wide test that erases all competing species who fail. A lot of this comic deals with the feeling inadequate.
  • Depression Comix: A sometimes gut-wrenching, sometimes tender, often relatable series of comics about the daily struggles of life with depression.
  • Drop-Out: A pair of girlfriends take a road trip to the site of their planned mutual suicide, discussing what drove them each to it along the way.
  • The Glass Scientists: The main character Dr. Jekyll struggles with anxiety and depression. He also has a massive case of imposter syndrome. The author has implied that Hyde was in part created as a coping mechanism and a vessel to contain all the feelings he doesn't want in himself.
  • The Guide to a Healthy Relationship: The protagonists are a depressed alcoholic on his way to ruining his life and an anhedonic, traumatized person suffering hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, various anxieties, a Gaslighting relationship and occasional self-harm.
  • Hyperbole and a Half: A journal comic by Allie Brosh that tackles her personal battle with depression with her unique sense of manic humor.
  • I Do Not Have An Eating Disorder: Khale Mchurst chronicles her journey with disordered eating and the inevitable tangled web of depression and anxiety associated with it.
  • Im Crazy: An award-winning autobiographical tale by Adam Bourret of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Invisible Injury Beyond PTSD: A short comic addresses not just the symptoms of PTSD, but also the sense of "moral injury" that people can feel when they are asked to betray their sense of right and wrong.
  • It Hurts!!: This comic features a main character with depression. Even through all the shocking twists and turns the plot goes through, a major plotline involves his attempts to deal and cope with it.
  • Krazy Noodle Massacre: A pair of nerdy gay guys decide to go spy on a strange person at the grocery store who is obsessed with a generic noodle product. The story explores strong themes of anxiety, trauma, and paranoia.
  • Look Straight Ahead: A webcomic featuring a protagonist suffering from bipolar disorder with severe delusions while trying to cope with high school and the bullying and peer pressure that come with it.
  • Lunarbaboon: A Slice of Life webcomic about a father's experiences with parenting and depression.
  • My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness: The autobiographical protagonist struggles with depression, disordered eating, and self-harm. She resolves much of her codependency through discovering her sexual identity.
  • Nafsi: A webcomic that chronicles the life of a terrified soul on a journey to conquer his irrational fear with the help of two of his best friends.
  • Our Mad Life: Follow Paige and Evan and their adventures with mental illness, recovery, and relationships. It's funny, really!
  • Psychiatric Tales: Darryl Cunningham's comic about his own struggle with mental illness and his experiences working as a mental health nurse was later published in print, but most of it is still available on his livejournal.
  • Robot Hugs: A webcomic featuring a sensitive, blue-haired hero, who waxes philosophic about topics ranging from living with mood disorders, to sexuality, to intersectional feminism, to cats.
  • Sinners Of Saint Paul: Basically every character is mentally ill. There's a green dude who's mentally ill, and a superpowered chick who's also mentally ill with a mentally ill mother, etc.
  • Slumber Town: The series is told from the perspective of a protagonist with debilitating social anxiety and ambitions of becoming a therapy dog. Trauma, mental illness and self-discovery are recurring themes throughout the series.
  • Suicide Noun: A black comedy webcomic about a high-school kid who tries to commit suicide, only to find out he is immortal. Not surprisingly, it explores depression and suicidal ideation.
  • Sunny And Blue: A webcomic that looks at the evolving relationship of an eternal optimist and a depressed pessimist.
  • Two Guys and Guy: Two of the main characters are having serious mental troubles (extreme anxiety, rage, need for mental manipulation) and is stated, that both may (or may not) existed just in the head of the third main character. A big part of comic take place at therapy sessions.
  • What Happens Next: A Psychological Horror about a trans man trying to come to terms with being an accessory to murder in his teens, an incident which has become infamous online.