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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 differing combinations of 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: “I call this photograph, “Under Repair, But Still Guiding.” Through multiple traumas, PTSD, and recurring major depressive episodes, one thing has been my rock, my guiding light: the ability to rely on my intuition to guide me. It was most certainly damaged, and has been under repair for years, but it’s been increasingly functional and reliable. Because of this inner light, I have survived and not taken my own life.”
Find more from Lori at her blog.