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Locked In, Locked Out

Photo taken by a woman in New Jersey who fights clinical depression and agoraphobia. It is a daily struggle for her.

About this photo: “This photograph represents home to me since I have been stuck in my house (or hospitals) for several years now due to depression, anxiety, and phobias I have developed. My home has become both my haven and my prison. I feel locked in, and locked out. Locked in my home, and locked out of life.”

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13 comments on “Locked In, Locked Out

  1. Maya Greywolf
    February 8, 2013

    A seemingly desperate situation. I hope you find a way in, and then out.

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  2. kiandraq
    February 8, 2013

    This is beautiful. As someone who struggles with depression, I understand.

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  3. Marion Driessen
    February 8, 2013

    A brave and hard story, and a photo that speaks loudly.

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  4. luro97
    February 8, 2013

    Maybe your photography can be a way in and out. Wishing you only the best.

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  5. schelleycassidy
    February 8, 2013

    Very powerful photograph! May art be the door you seek.

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  6. Carolyn Hughes
    February 8, 2013

    This post really touched me. It took me back to a time I spent on a secure psychiatric ward thinking I would never get well or get out. I did both. And I wish anyone facing a similar battle the strength to overcome.

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  7. Emily
    February 8, 2013

    Photo would make a good painting. Sad comments.

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  8. Anna
    February 8, 2013

    Such a powerful image. I find it so hopeful and beautiful although I understand what it represents for you. I still hope that it can mean so much more for you…a doorway to more beauty and life. I wish you strength and courage in your struggle.

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  9. Val
    February 9, 2013

    Who is she? One of the authors here?

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    • She is one of the Broken Light contributors who wishes not to include her name. Contributors can choose if they want to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym due to the delicate nature of our gallery. If you wish to contact her or any contributors, you are welcome to send an e-mail to brokenlightcollective@gmail.com and we will pass it along.

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  10. Val
    February 9, 2013

    Sorry, I realised after I posted my comment that it looked quite rude, that wasn’t intended. I have a form of agoraphobia myself and just wasn’t sure if you had reposted something from somewhere else or if it was someone here. 🙂

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  11. bipolaronfire
    February 10, 2013

    i wish you every happiness, and healing. there is healing, amazing healing to be had. I have seen it and I send you my positive thoughts and healing intentions. You are so worth it.

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  12. Feral Lady
    March 4, 2014

    A perfect photo. I, too am agoraphobic with anxiety. I wish you peaceful moments.

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