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Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with PTSD and Bipolar II (both of which were only recently diagnosed). She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health challenges — including anxiety, depression, OCD, and schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and possible Bipolar. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. Photography has become a therapeutic outlet, providing a valuable tool for coping and anchoring in the present moment.
About this photo: “When anxiety is severe, I basically hold on for dear life. I’m learning to take my eyes away from the dizzying blur of the immediate fear and focus inward on a place of deep calm that I find through the Buddhist practice of LovingKindness meditation.”
Find more from Lori at her blog.