Photo taken by contributor Danielle in NJ who has suffered from anxiety and panic disorder for at least a dozen years, as well as periods of depression. It has affected her home life, work life, and personal life in many ways. She is trying to fight through it by working with doctors, using medication as needed, and immersing herself in her photography.
About this photo: “My mental health issues and body issues keep me from enjoying things that should be fun and easy, like the beach. So often I can see that there is beauty and fun to be had, but I feel so far away. I feel disengaged, self-conscious, and fearful. Photography is something that helps me to feel a bit more present and at ease. Hopefully with time, photography, and psychiatric help, I will be able to more fully engage and not feel trapped by my anxieties and insecurities.”