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Photo taken by Katie, 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 this photo: “This image is called Displacement, it represents the two sides anxiety sufferers have. One is calm and collected in the face of others, the second is angry, frustrated and tired with the daily struggles of SA.”  


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9 comments on “Displacement

  1. luro97
    December 16, 2012

    Wow! This says a lot in light of what has happened in the last two days. Really outstanding work.


  2. Luddy's Lens
    December 16, 2012

    Very powerful image.


  3. meredith
    December 16, 2012

    The moment I saw this I thought, “that’s exactly what it’s like.” Seeing this is one of the most empowering experiences I’ve ever had.

    Thank youl



    • kdoughy
      December 17, 2012

      I’m glad I could evoke such and emotion!


  4. bluebrightly
    December 16, 2012

    Very powerful!


  5. jmgoyder
    December 16, 2012

    This is absolutely brilliant!


  6. kdoughy
    December 17, 2012

    I’m glad it touched you guys and that you can easily relate to it! Stay strong 🙂


  7. autisticaplanet
    December 18, 2012

    I echo Meredith’s comment! This is photographic genius. I can relate to the emotional component, also. Having high, persistent anxiety with Asperger’s, I can look “normal” on the outside and feel like I want to erupt on the inside. I am treated by medication, supportive family/treatment and ear protection for loud environments. Keep sharing!


  8. Syncopated Eyeball
    December 20, 2012

    That’s a terrific image and I too, can relate to the feelings depicted. I often want to scream. For release…


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