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Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman from the northeastern part of the US. She suffers from recurrent depressive episodes that can last from a few days to a few years, as well as hypomania. She finds photography to be helpful during those times when she is able to bring herself to lift the camera.
About this photo: “I took this photo on my routine walk home from my psychiatrists office. I was disappointed with the outcome. I wanted to go down on a med and just ended up going up on another. I wanted her to be excited about a plan I have for the future, but she was not. It seems my “good” days can only be attributed to hypomania and my “ideas” cannot be trusted. As I walked back, I felt tightly bound by my mental illness like a straightjacket, and my thoughts were everywhere, so despite the cold weather I took off my shoes and walked on the beautiful fall leaves. I wanted to feel unbound, and grounded to the earth. To the moment. To reality. But it only left me questioning what reality really is.“