Overexposed

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: “I... Continue Reading →

Thief In The Night

Please welcome first-time contributor MBS, a 51-year-old woman from southwest London. MBS has experienced four major depressive episodes in her life. Sometimes she feels well, as if she doesn't have any mental health difficulties at all. But other times, when circumstances and relationships become difficult, depression can sneak up on her. She has been receiving help to learn to... Continue Reading →

Vulnerability

Photos taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process... Continue Reading →

Vivacious

Please say hello to first-time contributor Tip Crawford, a 56-year-old from Northern West Virginia who was recently diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder and Generalized Anxiety. While her diagnoses are relatively new, Tip has been dealing with these challenges throughout her entire adult life, and they have been especially strong over the past 20 years. Tip is in therapy with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral... Continue Reading →

The City Wins Again

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 →

Smiling With Your Eyes

Please welcome first-time contributor Sarah, a woman who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in her twenties. Now aged 34 she continually battles the condition but is proud to have a family of her own and to be succesful in her career. About the photo: “This is a photo of my little boy. My children's smiles are my motivation to... Continue Reading →

No Pot of Gold

Photo by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a 41-year-old health care professional who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as he sees it, even... Continue Reading →

Out Of Focus

Please say hello to a first-time contributor from Yorkshire in the UK. He is a 42-year-old man who has suffered from depression since his early teens. His depression usually falls in the mild-to-moderate range, but several times a year it is much worse. About these photos: “I like to take deliberately blurry and out of focus photographs as these reflect how I... Continue Reading →

Fighting Back

Please welcome first-time contributor Chris Lee, a fourth year college student in Iowa. Chris was diagnosed with depression in the spring of 2013 while a student at college, but had suffered from anxiety and suicidal thoughts through much of high school. With help and support from friends he began to see a counselor. His recovery experienced a setback when... Continue Reading →

Crisp and Vibrant

Photo by contributor Matt Williams from Portsmouth, UK. In his late teens and early twenties he learned that he was living with bipolar disorder. He felt lost and in many ways existing or deluding himself rather than really living life. He has since stabilized, and discovered what is good for him, such as creativity, and what he should avoid. His bipolar has... Continue Reading →

Alone

Photo by contributor Roshni Ravi, a 24-year-old mental health professional based in Bangalore, India. She is interested in the exploration of existential ideas of hope, happiness, meaning, presence and being in therapeutic practice. Roshni also lives with a diagnosis of clinical depression. She finds negotiating her roles as both a mental health service provider and user an empowering and challenging experience. Her... Continue Reading →

OCD

Photo taken by contributor J, a teenager from Sanford, Florida. J has lived with OCD for the past two years. Sometimes she’s felt in control, while other times it has ruled her life. This past year, her OCD caused her to count letters in words to check if they added up to five, leaving her feeling... Continue Reading →

We Are No One, We Are One

Please say hello to first-time contributor Liz Gilbert, a 28-year-old graphic arts student who resides in North Canton, Ohio. 15 years ago, Liz was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. This is a mix of bipolar and schizophrenia. She easily becomes paranoid, and has struggled with severe depression and a long battle with self harm. Even though she is balanced with medication,... Continue Reading →

Reminder: I Am Not Alone

Please welcome first-time contributor Amanda Sapp, a 36-year-old single mom residing in Alma, GA. Amanda has suffered with severe depression for many years and was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. She is struggling to accept the life changing diagnosis and to adjust to new meds and a new normal. About this photo: “I took this photo while... Continue Reading →

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