Photo taken by Marlena Rivers, a woman who has bipolar I and is a mother of a 5-year-old daughter. She is in her early 40s and has been battling bipolar disorder since age 19.
About this photo: “I like making photo collages. I took 3 separate pictures to make this image. Being bipolar can feel like staring straight into the sun. You get blinded and have to close your eyes and crave some darkness. There is a clock ticking away; if you’re manic, you’re obsessed with doing a million things and never sleeping in order to maximize your time on earth. If you’re depressed the clock makes you think of wasted time in your life when you were depressed and how deadening depression is. If you’re stable, the clock reminds you to appreciate every moment. And the words are an expression of the exhaustion of taking care of your own bipolar in order to stay sane for your loved ones”