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Falling into the Abyss of Depression

Photo taken by contributor Jocelyn Ang, a 20-year-old woman from Singapore. Her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was just 12-years-old. This was difficult for her, and over the next few years, that combined with the pressures of school and other responsibilities proved to be too much. Jocelyn fell into a major depression herself when she was 17. The obligations and expectations had become too overwhelming for her, and she was not able to do the things she wanted to do. She eventually returned to school and graduated, and now she is studying photography in university, which she feels is a great way for her to express her emotions and feelings. She still experiences bouts of depression and anxiety, accompanied by mild insomnia.

About this photo: “This image represents the fear that I felt during the depressive episode, like I was falling down into an abyss that was so deep and I couldn’t bring myself back up. It’s terrifyingly lonely and almost painful to face at that point of time.

I must say Depression, my set of photographs that includes this, was a series inspired by your gallery because I found so much help in knowing about how others feel and express their emotions through photography and I wish to do the same, to inspire others to not give up and also to share their experiences.”

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12 comments on “Falling into the Abyss of Depression

  1. gnatseyeview
    August 26, 2013

    Powerful image.

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  2. Developing A New Image
    August 26, 2013

    Jocelyn……..great image, and I love the title. I always know when I am on that edge and about to tumble into my pit. Thank God for Xanax….en theos……j

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  3. kleesbutterfly
    August 26, 2013

    Great picture, highly symbolic.

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  4. toemailer
    August 26, 2013

    Wow, you are really posting amazing pictures these days! 🙂

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  5. youcantmakelemonade
    August 26, 2013

    Very moving. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Forestwoodfolkart
    August 27, 2013

    Reblogged this on Something to Ponder About.

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  7. Forestwoodfolkart
    August 27, 2013

    I have re-blogged as it is important to spread awareness of depression and how photography can express emotion. Powerful image indeed.

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  8. craftymadre
    August 27, 2013

    Wow. What a stunning photo. I definitely know that feeling and it’s captured so vividly.

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  9. theempathyqueen
    August 27, 2013

    This is an incredible image. You have the most amazing photographs and stories. Thank you for being a powerful voice.

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  10. Linn Birkeland Photography
    August 27, 2013

    Very nice! You have a bright future. Go grab it!

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  11. samanthapugsley
    August 27, 2013

    This is so incredible. So so so beautiful and captivating. Great work

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  12. Paula McLane Jennings
    August 27, 2013

    what an amazing shot you captured. And it does describe bouts of depression quite well. I often say I feel like I am falling into a black bottomless pit when my depression is starting.

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