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Layers of Life; Psychiatric Hospital

Photo taken by The Quiet Borderline, who suffers from depression, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This photo was taken in the art room of her psychiatric hospital in Israel.

I have been hospitalized for 14 months and am due to be released next Tuesday. This is a photo of the art room that I have been working in for the last 14 months that I have been here for. The art therapist gets us to pick a piece of paper, he pins it up on the board and we are told to go go go. We paint whatever we like, he asks some questions about it and that’s that, a bit of art therapy. I love the board that has been used for 17 years or so apparently. It’s an artwork within itself, let alone when the next person comes and pins up their paper, accidentally goes over the edge of the paper and adds to the layers on the board.

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7 comments on “Layers of Life; Psychiatric Hospital

  1. S.
    April 12, 2012

    I love this photo. The idea of art as therapy and in this case that masterpiece has been painted from thousands of souls, isvery intriguing to me. I have been browsing your blog and look forward to reading more. Oh and I wanted to tell you about a YouTube video that has a girl painting a rather amazing way. The results are reminiscent of your beatiful Layers of Life.
    I hope this note finds you well and happy and that you are having a serene day.
    xo – S.


  2. The Quiet Borderline
    April 14, 2012

    Reblogged this on The Quiet Borderline and commented:
    A photo I took


  3. Rogue Adler
    April 14, 2012

    I think art therapy is wonderful for the soul and for the other part of your brain that doesn’t get to express itself during regular therapy! I agree…the many stories behind those 17 years that board could tell…the wounds, the joy, the anger, the happiness! I am grateful that you will be released on Tuesday! Good luck!


  4. delemares
    April 15, 2012

    All the best for when you leave hospital – will be thinking of you


  5. The Quiet Borderline
    April 15, 2012

    Thanks guys. I am glad you like the photo!

    The Quiet Borderline


  6. The Quiet Borderline
    April 17, 2012
  7. blueribbonfair
    April 21, 2015

    Wishing you the best. Art helps me a lot.


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