Scarlet Forest

Please welcome first-time contributor Jeanne Fiedler, 59, of Washington Twp., NJ. She has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. It used to control her life, but no more. She has gotten through it using holistic spirituality, communion with nature and her environment, and positive psychology. About this photo: "This photograph in red represents my coming to terms with my illness, depression... Continue Reading →

Layers of Disorder

Photo taken by contributor Danielle in Massachusetts. Her diagnoses change about as much as her moods do, so her only consistency is feeling inconsistent. She gets severely depressed and anxious, and has been known to take her anger out on herself. She is working on getting to a better place and trying to keep hope. About... Continue Reading →

Nothing Remains the Same

Photo taken by contributor Lisa, a licensed mental health counselor who believes that we all need a creative outlet to help clear our heads from time to time. For her, it’s photography, and diving. Though she is very proud of being a licensed counselor in both Alabama and Florida, as well as a Registered Play Therapist and... Continue Reading →

Under the Bridge

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. She has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety, and grew up in a highly anxious household with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive... Continue Reading →

We All Need Band-Aids

Photo taken by contributor Samantha Pugsley, a 24-year-old conceptual fine art photographer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She first picked up a camera during her junior year of college. This was right around the time when she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Things that were once easy became impossible for her. Getting dressed in the morning,... Continue Reading →

Melancholy Happiness

Photo taken by first-time contributor Melissa, a 16-year-old girl from Ohio. She has been suffering from depression and anxiety disorders since the age of 10, and PTSD since the age of 13. She self-harmed to the point of feeling addicted for 4 years. Photography has become her main outlet for when she cannot escape her feelings or urges... Continue Reading →

Resilience

Photo taken by first-time contributor Isabel Thalken, a 19-year-old girl from central Nebraska. She was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and social anxiety at the age of 12. She is forced to overcome obstacles every day, but thankfully has found her true passion in photography to help her through. About this photo: "This photograph is one depicting... Continue Reading →

Reflection; the Ripples of Love

Photo taken by Claire U, a 23-year-old woman from Winnipeg, MB, Canada. This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of her official diagnosis with depression. The diagnosis was confusing to her, in part because she had always been the funny one, the one who wanted to laugh and to make others laugh. She has had a roller... Continue Reading →

What is Real?

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... Continue Reading →

Eye of Innocence

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her... Continue Reading →

A Bird in the Hand

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native who has lived all over the country. She is trying to see all 50 states and has been to 38 so far. Kait has a diagnosis of major depression, severe and recurrent, as well as having experienced anxiety and disordered eating during her teenage years.... Continue Reading →

Tavistock, Devon

Photo taken by first-time contributor Kerry Gerdes, a woman from Plymouth, UK who lives with Asperger's syndrome as well as anxiety and depression. She loves to shoot documentary, landscape, still life and abstract photography. She has a preference for film cameras, as there is an element of surprise, and you never know what sort of shot you’re going to get until... Continue Reading →

Yoga in India

Photo taken by contributor FromDarknesstoLight, a man from Germany who experienced a drug-related psychosis in December 2011, and has been taking medication since. He continued to regularly abuse drugs until earlier this year when the drugs, combined with his medication and psychosis, led doctors in Germany to diagnose him with schizophrenia. He had to stop his studies at university... Continue Reading →

The Road Less Travelled

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. She has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety, and grew up in a highly anxious household with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our overactive... Continue Reading →

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