My Guiding Light

Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong 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... Continue Reading →

Hours

Photo taken by contributor Shelby Hall, a 22-year-old mother from Dallas, Texas. Before her boys were born, she had a difficult relationship with her now fiancé, in part due to his struggles with drug addiction. She suffered from depression through much of their early relationship as a result of being unable to cope. Loving someone with addiction can... Continue Reading →

The Answers

Photo taken by contributor Craig A. Miller, a 37-year-old author, speaker, photographer, and suicide attempt survivor from Boston. For many years he struggled with OCD, extreme anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. After a suicide attempt nearly ended his life at age 20, he became dedicated to understanding what led him to such a decision, and more... Continue Reading →

The Ins And Outs Of Thinking

Photo taken by Taylor J. a 28-year-old contemporary photographic artist located near Nashville, Tennessee. For various reasons in his nearly teens Taylor was placed in a psychiatric institution. It was there that Taylor learned to use art as a coping devise. Years later he began a career as a commercial photographer mainly shooting ads for restaurants. Becoming unfulfilled... Continue Reading →

Invisibility Is Painful

Photos taken by contributor Niquita, a teenager from England. She has experienced severe self-esteem and confidence issues since the age of 14, when she became overwhelmed by the pressures of school and social life. She was then diagnosed with Major Depression. Niquita thinks depression is harder to go through than many people think. She has found it hard... Continue Reading →

Ringed

Photo taken by contributor Kendra Kantor, a 22-year-old woman from Chicago, Illinois. Kendra is a mother, writer and photographer who has suffered from mental health issues for most of her life. When she was 13, she started to recognize depression in herself and reached out for support. She started therapy and medication, and was eventually diagnosed... Continue Reading →

I Will Bloom Again

Please say a warm hello first-time contributor Lisa, a 34-year-old woman from South Carolina who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Lisa is learning how to manage life with bipolar, anxiety and chronic pain. She uses photography to help cope and started a photography blog, A Shutterbug's Solace, to share a few of her favorite photos. About these photos: "When I'm outside taking photos... Continue Reading →

Seeing Is Believing

Please welcome a first-time contributor from New York City. She is an African-American woman in her sixties who suffers from depression. Her struggles began in childhood but became full-blown in her mid-twenties. It then took another twenty years before she was properly diagnosed and prescribed the medication that gives her relief. Depression prompted her to begin drawing, making collages, painting and taking photos.... Continue Reading →

Twist

Photo taken by Danielle a contributor with a host of mental health issues that she refers to as her “mental mess.” It includes depression, anxiety, and hypomania. She uses her camera to express her inner self and to help her through challenging situations. About this photo: "I like to photograph the unexpected. Moments with a bit of a... Continue Reading →

The Unhomed Stone

Please welcome first-time contributor Victoria, a 41-year-old mother of three, who lives and writes in the UK. First diagnosed with depression after the birth of her second child, she has worked hard to overcome the dark parts. She's returned to university in order to help others, and will soon be a licensed psychologist. About this photo: "This... Continue Reading →

Camouflaged

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul. About this photo: “As... Continue Reading →

Climbing Out Of The Darkness

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting... Continue Reading →

I Might Be Anyone

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 →

Hiding Beauty

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective of mental illness. She will forever... Continue Reading →

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