Exposed While Hiding

Photo taken by contributor Bekr aka Bipolar Girl, a 37-year-old woman who lives in Nevada with her husband and two fur babies. She always knew she was “different.” She was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, then finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in her 20′s, along with PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. She has also been a self harmer. She is now an advocate for mental illness and is trying to make a difference and help to stop the stigma.

About this photo: “I took this photo last year while in a brief depression, right before a serious identity crisis. When I look at it now, it makes me feel vulnerable. My arms also look very bare because while having this identity crisis I had lots of ink added to my arms. I do not regret them, all of my tattoos have meanings. This photo is me totally honest and raw.”

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      1. We often play games to help identify emotions (e.g. show me a happy face, now a sad face, now a sleepy face, etc.) but I think the magic of this photo is that it evokes an emotion so primal that even babies can understand

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  1. This photo looks vintage, yet it is of you, so it could be timeless. How did you achieve the blurred/aged look? I hope you are in a better place now. I do know with seasonal depression that light therapy does help as well as keeping up on B vitamins and mild exercise. Some advice I must stick to.

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  2. God bless you and keep the faith. I have found that serious prayer works miracles. Out of whack hormones and chemistry sucks and is hard to deal with but love helps in all things. I was on anti-depressants for over a year and was heck getting off them. A brother has lived on them for years and does well. I choose an occasional 1/2 of mildest xanax or couple ounces of winde for case of nerves. Got to admit to using chocolate to self medicate the most!

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  3. Great shot with thought provoking words. I too got multiple inks while manic and don’t regret the changes as a reminder. Keep sharing.

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