Presentation Title

A Visual Representation of the Effects of Mood Disorders

Location

San Marcos Gallery, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-26-2019 6:00 PM

End Date

4-26-2019 8:00 PM

Department

Art, Art History and Design

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Matthew Garcia, MFA

Presentation Format

Exhibit

Abstract/Description

My thesis focuses primarily on the effects of mood disorders and combining emotionally charged portraits with scratched in text conveying my personal negative thoughts. About 20% of the U.S. population reports at least one depressive symptom in a given month, and 12% report two or more in a year. A survey conducted in 1992 found rates of major depression reaching 5% in the previous 30 days, 17% for a lifetime. I am part of those statistics. I have lived with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder for 10 years as of March 2018. Through my images I wish to convey the truth of mood disorders and how they can affect even the most normal looking people and how mood disorders don’t have a certain look to them. Through this thesis work I wish to raise awareness about the destructive thoughts, but end with a final image stating that I will be okay, in a sense that the mood disorders can get better with time and effort.

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A Visual Representation of the Effects of Mood Disorders

San Marcos Gallery, Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California

My thesis focuses primarily on the effects of mood disorders and combining emotionally charged portraits with scratched in text conveying my personal negative thoughts. About 20% of the U.S. population reports at least one depressive symptom in a given month, and 12% report two or more in a year. A survey conducted in 1992 found rates of major depression reaching 5% in the previous 30 days, 17% for a lifetime. I am part of those statistics. I have lived with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder for 10 years as of March 2018. Through my images I wish to convey the truth of mood disorders and how they can affect even the most normal looking people and how mood disorders don’t have a certain look to them. Through this thesis work I wish to raise awareness about the destructive thoughts, but end with a final image stating that I will be okay, in a sense that the mood disorders can get better with time and effort.