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Photo taken by contributor Cari, a 31-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder for the past 12 years. She was recently hospitalized in September 2014 for suicidal and homicidal intrusive thoughts. These distressing symptoms were very new and foreign to Cari. Cari has been participating in intensive treatment since her release from the hospital to regain stability. Cari has found photography is a critical part of her recovery. The intrusive thoughts that she had were very vivid and photography has been a great outlet for her to create new images in her brain. Cari’s ongoing work with photography has assisted in her overall ability to find herself again.
About this photo: “Today I graduated from a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) near Chicago. As a token of graduation from the program a Lighthouse keychain is given as a lighthouse represents light to its travelers that hope, peace, comfort, and encouragement are always available. For me this photo signifies the values the program has left me with. There is beauty in having direction from a lighthouse amidst waves and dark clouds. The photo beautifully pieces together my journey during my time in PHP and my way forward.”