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Photo taken by contributor CJ, a 31-year-old female living in Chicago, Illinois. CJ has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for the past 12 years. In September 2014, her symptoms flared and she developed intrusive thoughts. For CJ these thoughts were highly distressing as the content was related to harming herself and others. She was diagnosed with OCD at that time and began an intensive partial hospitalization program (PHP). CJ has since graduated from her PHP program, returned to work, and has been able to manage her symptoms. The intrusive thoughts have mostly subsided, but still flare up in times of great stress. CJ now has tools to deal with the thoughts and continues to participate in individual therapy. She has found photography to be a healthy outlet. Through photography CJ is able to replace some of the distressing violent images in her mind with positive and uplifting images. Photography has become a daily aspect of her life that promotes stability and wellness About this photo: “This picture was taken of my dog, Ellie. I am often envious of the peace and tranquility that she finds. When I am distressed and struggling with symptoms all I want is to lay on the couch in such peace like Ellie. I strive for that peace on a daily basis and enjoy every minute when I can achieve it.”


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9 comments on “Tranquility

  1. lilypup
    March 10, 2015

    Wonderful photo of the puppy. http://lilypupslife,


  2. Incidental Scribe
    March 10, 2015

    Ellie is a cutie. Such a nice shot


  3. trietnguyen1982
    March 10, 2015

    so lovely!


  4. Hank shaw
    March 10, 2015

    Beautiful portrait


  5. josephong
    March 10, 2015

    If this ever reaches CJ, tell her that she isn’t alone in the world suffering with intrusive thoughts. I developed them at age 13 and have had them now till 22. And they do get scary when things get rough.


  6. Britta
    March 11, 2015

    I love this shot. I feel calmer already just looking at it.


  7. carluaje17
    March 12, 2015

    Reblogged this on Carjuaje.


  8. author
    March 14, 2015

    Animal energy is their magic. When we are at our most vulnerable is when we benefit most from it.


  9. bluebrightly
    March 15, 2015

    A wonderful story, your journey, and wow, what a great photo!


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