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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by a woman struggling with bipolar II and recurrent clinical depression.

About this photo: This photo can mean different things to different people. For me, depression makes me feel broken, and I am feeling very broken at the moment. When I saw the broken shards of this mirror on my bathroom floor, I couldn’t help but think of the potential for hurting myself. Thankfully I am in a place where I did not do that, this is growth, but I felt bad for even having the thoughts. My doctor said it’s normal for someone with a history of depression to think such things. Those reactions are biological, and negative thoughts get stuck in our brains from the past, similar to when people who have been to war jump when they hear a car backfire. We need to just focus on not acting on negative impulses, and not beating ourselves up for having negative thoughts. 

Healing from depression is an up and down journey and we can’t berate ourselves for any steps backwards. We just need to try and continue with positive growth and moving in the overall right direction.

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23 responses to “Broken”

  1. Jo Bryant Avatar

    What a wonderful post because it opened a view to me I have not had before

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  2. the_lunatic Avatar

    Lovely interpretation!

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  3. halfcnote Avatar

    Been there. Congratulations on where you have come to be.

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  4. vastlycurious Avatar
    vastlycurious

    This photo spoke volumes to me.. To me , it meant if you do not like who you see in the mirror then begin anew. Thanks you! Love the symbolism though it meant something different to me it was wonderful.

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  5. Northern Narratives Avatar
    Northern Narratives

    Very thoughtful photo and post.

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  6. The Retiring Sort Avatar

    I wish you continued growth and peace.

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  8. bellavitabyjamie Avatar

    You are not alone.

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  9. eof737 Avatar

    Thought provoking. Painful. Touching… Thank you for sharing this.
    Eliz

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    Amar Naik

    i like your interpretation.

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    thank you for sharing this different perspective!

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  18. awindowofwisdom Avatar

    You are light even when you feel dark.. I wish you blessings on your journey and wishes for your light to be blinding!

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  19. pahari.s Avatar

    your post is really inspiring as i too sometimes have the same feelings..

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  20. Just me Hibana Avatar

    I can feel this, as I see this…thank you, such images give people a chance to…know they can feel out loud…

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