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Prison of My Mind

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who has been diagnosed with clinical depression. She loves her family, but finds it hard to love herself.

About this photo: “When I came across my daughter’s doll laying facedown on the couch, it resonated with me. She looked the way I feel when I am depressed. Vulnerable and weak, helpless and hopeless. My days will often end up with me laying on that very spot, feeling fatigued and isolated, barely able to move. I think this photo gives a better sense of my daily experience when depressed than even a self-portrait would. Depression also makes me feel like I am in a prison. The prison of my home and my mind.


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8 comments on “Prison of My Mind

  1. seeker
    March 29, 2013

    The reflection of the bars on the doll does look like a prison bard. Excellent picture. Rest assure that there is always hope to get out of the prison, the prison bar is never locked. Take care.


  2. Maya
    March 29, 2013

    Very powerful photo.


  3. transitionstande
    March 29, 2013

    Very symbolic picture. Sometimes the bars only exist in our minds.
    I find it very disturbing to find a doll flat on her face and always have to pick her up!


  4. Emily
    March 30, 2013

    Great metaphor!


  5. Strong and intense image. It is perfect for what you’ve described. A photo that could be wordless and still say so much. Well done ..


  6. bluebrightly
    March 31, 2013

    This is very powerful! Keep making art!


  7. withastrongvoice
    April 1, 2013

    Very very beautiful, it has so much power in it. It really speaks to you.


  8. jelescubogdan
    April 2, 2013

    Fight! You have a family. You already have much more than I will ever have. And if somehow I keep standing then you should be able to do it as well. 🙂


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