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

2. 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.

3. 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.”

4. “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].”

5. She often draws a bug character to represent the way she feels about herself.

Kate is currently treating her schizophrenia with therapy and may return to medical treatment in the future, but feels that focusing on her artwork has been an unbelievable help for her.

“It took me a long time to acknowledge these feelings and address them. That’s what I’m trying to connect my art with, because I know that so many people feel the same as me,” she told BuzzFeed.

6. This drawing is of a creature she’s seen crawl out of vent in her ceiling or out from underneath things. Kate says it sometimes makes clicking noises.

8. “I see my drawings connected to my hallucinations because I started to use art as a way of communicating what I see, hear, and feel,” she said.

This bird, says Kate, “is a hallucination based off a bird chirping that I hear. It sounds like this bird sings to me, and it’s brightly colored.”

9. This drawing, says Kate, “is how I feel about myself.”

“I have low self-esteem and a detachment from my self-image and I wish I could shape-shift into other people.”

10. Kate hopes that by sharing her drawings she can bring comfort to others who are struggling with mental health issues. “My goal is for people to see my art and feel connected to someone who understands the pain and struggles they have to live with,” she said.

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

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