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Pill Sunrise


Photo taken by a woman in her thirties who suffers from major depressive disorder and bipolar II. She likes anything creative, especially photography, and seeks to find the beauty and art in the ordinary.

About this photo: “I recently started a new medication, and to my surprise it was bright blue. I have taken MANY medications over the years, and this is for sure the brightest. It made me think of the ocean and traveling, which I haven’t been able to do for some time. I decided I had to create something with it, and this is what I created. Just a simple childlike picture of a sunrise using some of my medications (man, that’s a lot!). It should probably be called “Pill Sunset” because the sun is made of sleeping pills, but a sunrise sounds more hopeful and I’m trying to sound more hopeful, so sunrise it is. Pill Sunrise. It’s simple, but beautiful and sad at the same time. It could represent the beauty and relief that can be found by taking pills as prescribed – the hope for sunshine and travels ahead – or on the other hand it could represent beautiful freedom from this world by pills. I’ll refrain from venturing any further into the dark and scary places to which this picture could also lead. It’s better to think of this as a cute and hopeful project. I have chosen life, and am clinging to it. Hopefully with the medications holding me (like the “frame” in this picture made of mood stabilizers), I will find some sunshine and growing light of my own, and that maybe one day I won’t need all of this medication.” 

Note from Broken Light: We encourage people to please contact a doctor or mental health professional when suicidal thoughts arise, or call a crisis helpline such as 1-800-273-TALK.


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6 comments on “Pill Sunrise

  1. mostlymonochrome
    January 19, 2013



  2. gita4elamats
    January 19, 2013
  3. seeker
    January 19, 2013

    Good post and excellent recommendation.


  4. lisalday111711
    January 20, 2013

    Awesome photo about the reality of your condition and how you are having to manage it


  5. Emily
    January 20, 2013

    Great a sunrise out of pills…………What a sense of humor!


  6. Leah Givens
    January 21, 2013

    Made me laugh and cry inside a little at the same time…you are definitely doing the best you can with what you have! 🙂


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