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Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression and OCD. For many years she struggled without understanding what was happening. Eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist, who then referred her to a psychiatrist. One of the factors that contributed to her depression was years of abuse as a child. Michelle writes, blogs and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is self-settling and helps her manage her depression.
About this photo: “I find doing photo editing to be quite therapeutic and it also helps express emotions. The sailing boat in this picture seemed so small on the ocean when I took the photo. It reminded me a bit of myself sometimes when I get that drowning feeling. I think the edit expresses that emotion quite well, with the huge crashing waves circling around the small boat which is floating at the mercy of the ocean.”
More from Michelle at her blog.