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Breaking Free

Photos taken by Katie Mc Dougall, a student photographer in Ireland. Katie has suffered from Social Anxiety since she was 15-years-old. 3 years ago she was diagnosed officially, and she has been on medication ever since. Katie is using photography as a means to raise awareness and help understand Social Anxiety herself. It has driven her to create a blog dedicated to sharing her thoughts and experiences with Social Anxiety, with the hopes that it will help those who also suffer because of this mental illness.

About these photos: “This series of images describes my feelings of how others see me, white jacket, padded walls. Panic sets in and the jacket gets tighter not allowing me to breath when all I want is to be liberated. The jacket represent the control my SA has over me and the fact that I just want to escape from it..”  


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9 comments on “Breaking Free

  1. Chillbrook
    October 24, 2012

    Very powerful images!


  2. caliroe
    October 24, 2012

    the expression on your (beautiful, BTW) face in the first photo says it all, well done.


  3. jmgoyder
    October 24, 2012

    Brilliant and powerful and heartwrenching all at the same time.


    • gita4elamats
      October 25, 2012

      Peace & love!


  4. Karl Chapman
    October 25, 2012

    very strong images. The scratches on the wall really give the images an additional question.


    • kdoughy
      October 26, 2012

      I didn’t even realise that until you said it. Good spot


  5. kdoughy
    October 26, 2012

    Thanks guys! 🙂 It really mean a lot getting your feedback on my photos 🙂


  6. megahloo
    October 28, 2012

    I wish I never felt like this anymore.


  7. Mark Simms
    October 29, 2012

    Powerful and disturbing. Good luck and best wishes!


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