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The Fence of Depression

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

About this photo: “Depression feels like there is a fence between me and the world. I want to break through, I just don’t know how.


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10 comments on “The Fence of Depression

  1. Sam Spencer
    September 20, 2013

    Great pic- it really conveys the sense of separateness that you’re feeling & sharing with us. Please continue to so this- I believe it will help to break down that fence!


  2. Cara Lockhart Smith
    September 20, 2013

    That is rather a special picture- it has so many resonances.


  3. Leah Givens
    September 20, 2013

    Great image, and it shows the feeling so well. Maybe photography will help you connect with the world, as Sam mentioned.


  4. lauramacky
    September 20, 2013

    Awesome image!


  5. Stephen G. Hipperson
    September 20, 2013

    Sometimes fences have to be worked on from both sides.


  6. andreabehindglass
    September 20, 2013

    Great picture and description–It really captures depression.


  7. charlenedegizi
    September 20, 2013

    You just go one day at a time and make sure that you are seeing a counselor and taking any prescribed medications. This is a GREAT photograph and depicts depression perfectly, but I can tell you from personal experience it does get better…you just have to be willing to do the work.


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 21, 2013

    that photo says so much! and it is a wonderful picture of depression. I can so totally relate.


  9. sherresartzone
    September 21, 2013

    This goes beyond the challenge to something deeper. Thanks for sharing this.


  10. whitefeatherfloating
    September 26, 2013

    Perfect picture for the description of depression. I’ve felt that way for most of my life! Fortunately, lots of counseling and medication have helped me go through the fences along the way.


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