“My illustrations make me feel less lonely, so I hope I can do the same for other people.”

This is Kate. She's an 18-year-old high school student, artist, and Sebastian Stan fan who was diagnosed with schizophrenia last year.

This is Kate. She's an 18-year-old high school student, artist, and Sebastian Stan fan who was diagnosed with schizophrenia last year.

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To help cope with the diagnosis, and to deal with the intense visions she was experiencing, the Los Angeles native decided to start drawing her hallucinations.

To help cope with the diagnosis, and to deal with the intense visions she was experiencing, the Los Angeles native decided to start drawing her hallucinations.

This is a face that Kate says she's seen in her walls and mirrors. "They just appear and grow," she told BuzzFeed.

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Kate credits her art teacher with helping her unlock her hidden talents, and connect with her creative side.

Kate credits her art teacher with helping her unlock her hidden talents, and connect with her creative side.

"I have depression, and get suicidal thoughts," said Kate of her struggle with schizophrenia. "I used to compulsively self harm (not intentionally; sometimes I can feel bugs crawling on my arms) and now I have scars. I barely go to school two days a week because I'm afraid to leave the house, and I hate myself."

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"The world often feels cold and distant, like I'm looking at everyone through a pane of glass," Kate said of her drawings. "Sometimes reality doesn't feel real and I get empty."

"The world often feels cold and distant, like I'm looking at everyone through a pane of glass," Kate said of her drawings. "Sometimes reality doesn't feel real and I get empty."

"Explaining what I go through can be awkward, so I decided to just draw [what I saw.]"

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