- Zack Hix is the creator of the cartoon characters in Good Boy Roy
- He is diagnosed with a laundry list of mental health disorders
- Art has always been his avenue for self-expression
- His family wants to turn his artwork into a career so he can support himself
updated 8:51 AM EDT, Mon August 19, 2013
(CNN) -- On the surface, Zack Hix is like many 18-year-olds.
The Simpsonville, South Carolina, teen's favorite foods are cheeseburgers and pizza. He listens to rock and punk music. He loves to race mountain bikes, play video games, watch Georgia Bulldogs football with his dad and -- perhaps most importantly -- draw.
But Zack also suffers from a laundry list of mental health issues, including both intermittent explosive- and obsessive-compulsive disorders, which make him different from other kids his age and threaten to inhibit his ability to function as an independent adult.
Zack is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, in addition to the IED and OCD. He also has Tourette syndrome and tics that are the result of a Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection in the fifth grade.
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