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Summer Anxiety

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.” 


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10 comments on “Summer Anxiety

  1. Jatin Adlakha
    July 25, 2014

    Omg, the picture is great but the story is disheartening. May good prevail!


  2. medicinalmeadows
    July 26, 2014

    Great summer photo. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Tina Schell
    July 26, 2014

    Summer at the NJ beaches can be intimidating to anyone nervous around crowds. Personally I much prefer them in September or even in winter when the crowds leave but the beauty remains.


  4. luro97
    July 26, 2014

    Love the photo and your share. Definitely can identify with negative body image. It’s wonderful that you share your art with us. Keep them coming.


  5. akeem54
    July 26, 2014

    There is hope for everyone looking up to something. Be it healing or breakthrough. I applaude the laudable effort and thanks for the visit.


  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    July 26, 2014

    wonderful beach shot…and I relate to your depression and pain having regular bouts of it myself as well as BDD issues which at least for now seem to be doing better. Hang in there, have faith and keep taking photos!


  7. galeweithers
    July 27, 2014

    Loved the photo and agree with this comment 300%: “Hopefully with time, photography, and psychiatric help, I will be able to more fully engage and not feel trapped by my anxieties and insecurities.” 🙂


  8. Glory Be
    July 29, 2014

    Put your feet in the water…feel the sun on your skin…it will be okay.


  9. bluebrightly
    July 30, 2014

    This photo Is really fascinating – there’s so much tension between the mysterious, wavering blue of the sky and the happy beach scene below. You’ve captured something of what you talk about above. I hope you keep up with photography, and remember, when you can, that you are good enough as you are.


  10. marianne
    July 30, 2014

    Beautyfull picture which makes the experienced distance very clear and I recognise the feeling, Thanks!


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