Confinement

Photo taken by contributor Amy Collier, a third-year photography student who has been suffering with Anorexia for five years and has received various forms of treatment. Now in the process of recovery and starting to move on from the illness, Amy uses her photography to express how the illness has effected her life and to come... Continue Reading →

Nowhere Fast

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital.... Continue Reading →

Caution

Photo taken by contributor Mark Maya, a 30-year-old photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar II.  Mark has used photography to help treat and express himself for about four years now. He is currently doing a yearlong self-portrait project. About this photo: “This self portrait is how I perceive my social life and the tendencies that... Continue Reading →

Scaring My Dreams

Photo taken by contributor Phedias Hadjicharalambous, a 33-year-old man from Nicosia, Cyprus. He began delving into photography last year during a difficult time after the death of his beloved grandmother. It helped him cope with personal challenges, as well as challenges that arose when his mother began battling severe anxiety. Thankfully with the proper treatment his mother is now doing... Continue Reading →

The Mare

Photo taken by first-time contributor Jason Grim, a 25-year-old man from Jacksonville, Florida. Jason is a self-portrait artist who uses his lens to create dark characters and situations. As an artist he is inspired by horror cinema, novels, and video games but is also influenced by his experiences with depression. Art is the tool he uses to get... Continue Reading →

Living The Bipolar Life

Please welcome first-time contributor Laura Mclean. a woman from Ontario, Canada, who was first diagnosed as a child with dissociative disorders. Auditory and visual hallucinations were the norm. At that time, in the 1970s, there were no treatments for her diagnoses. In the 1990s, psychologists deemed the disorder caused by Multiple Personalities, then in the year 2000 the... Continue Reading →

Lighthouse Guide

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... Continue Reading →

Autistic Brain On Fire

Photos taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within... Continue Reading →

Walk On

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 →

Still Standing-Alone

Photo taken by contributor Tara, a mom in her mid-30′s who struggles with depression and anxiety. Mental health issues have always played a role in her life, beginning in childhood with a schizophrenic relative, and later another close family member struggling with incorrectly treated depression and anxiety. Tara never realized that mental health issues affected her photography until she... Continue Reading →

Dusk

Photo taken by contributor Cricket, an artist living with schizophrenia. In 2000, he was hospitalized for hearing voices, paranoid thoughts, and self destructive behavior. Since then, medication has helped him live a somewhat normal life. Depression and paranoid thoughts sometimes return, but he recognizes it and turns to creating art. He gets hyper-creative at times, painting, drawing and... Continue Reading →

Trapped Inside Our Minds

Photo taken by contributor Hannah, a 20-year-old woman from Vermont. After struggling with depression for several years, Hannah attempted to end her life at the age of seventeen. She is now using her story to encourage others to speak up about mental health. About this photo: “I took this shot from inside of a jail cell in South... Continue Reading →

Pink Hibiscus with Water Drops

Photo taken by first-time contributor Kitt O’Malley, a mother and wife who lives with bipolar disorder type II. Kitt is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist, but hasn’t practiced as a psychotherapist in over 20 years. She has a bachelors in legal studies from UC Berkeley, a masters in psychology from New College of California, and has attended Fuller Theological Seminary.... Continue Reading →

Grief is Borne when Loss is Born

Photo taken by contributor MB, a 52-year-old writer and photographer living in recovery from depression in southwest London. About this photo: “I took this in September in a cemetery near where I live.  I think it’s rather unusual in that it depicts loss and grief, but also beauty and love.  I had to time the shoot rather precisely... Continue Reading →

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