Rainbow Through the Darkest Times

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who has major depression, anxiety, and is on the bipolar spectrum. She has been through countless treatments, including tons of medications, an army of doctors, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and most recently ECT.

About this photo: “Several months ago, I was hospitalized because depression left me unable to fully function in my life. I had dealt with depression at that level on and off throughout my life, but now that I have a family and responsibilities, I can’t stay in bed all day, not shower, etc. I had to listen to my doctors and be even more aggressive, which meant being hospitalized and having ECT, shock therapy treatments. This is a photo I snuck while in the hospital. It’s definitely not the best photo I have ever taken, but it means a lot to me. It is of a rainbow that appeared outside my hospital window. I like to look back at it because it was a bright, hopeful moment (however fleeting), in a dark and difficult situation. 

I’m not fully better, but I do occasionally have moments of clarity through the darkness, a hint of brightness like that rainbow, and hopefully for myself and everyone else experiencing darkness, those moments will become more and more frequent.”

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