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Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

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 often feel like I’m so overexposed as I go throughout my day. 

I long to creep back into the safety of my darkened room under the covers. Away from the world I feel like I don’t really fit into.

Television, social media and magazines all show happy people around me all enjoying a life filled with the things that I know are bad for me because they trigger things inside me.  They are reading things I can’t read because they effect my moods, going places I can’t go because of some fear or anxiety that might occur, these people are laughing as they enjoy all the things “normal” people do in their everyday lives.

When I’m overexposed to all these things in the outside world… 

I begin to see just how my BP has turned me into an underexposed person. But is that really a bad thing?  The questions lingers…”

Find more from Jacque at her blog.


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9 responses to “Overexposed”

  1. gregmercer601 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    For me , an interesting crossover: photo and illness experience.


  2. gregmercer601 Avatar

    I blog on mental health issues and humane care. Having just recently started offering art and pix on the side, it seemed such a cool time to find your great post, which I’ve eagerly reblogged. Thanks!


  3. bipolaronfire Avatar

    Beautiful, unique shot!!


  4. Leah Givens Avatar

    Really great…mysterious, fascinating, filled with meaning…


  5. Anna Avatar

    I also have BP and am starting my Masters this week. My anxiety is through the rood and I am just trying to manage it. I follow this blog and love all the photos but this image and your write up really captured for me my feelings right now as well. Thank-you!


  6. Anna Avatar

    Oops that should have been through the roof 🙂


  7. dreambigwords Avatar

    This is such a beautiful image and perfectly captures the sensitivity of the bipolar experience


  8. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I am glad that you value God and have invited Him along on your life journey. My life has vastly improved since I invited Him into mine! Cool abstract photo!


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