Please say hello to first-time contributor Lori who has fought a life-long battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of severe anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and/or chronic insomnia. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. She feels like a sensitive soul trying to find a place in what feels like a loud, angry, cruel world.
About this photo: “Deep in the night, sleep plays hide and seek with me, crouching in shadows where I can’t find it. I look everywhere, trying all the places I’ve found it before…. Finally I give up as the thoughts descend like vultures waiting to eat me alive, Diving Pecking Cartwheeling through my mind. My heart is reeling. The vultures are biting tearing ripping as Sanity slips lifelessly away. I’m spinning out of control in a free fall toward the Abyss.“