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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 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 responses to “Tranquility”

  1. Incidental Scribe Avatar

    Ellie is a cutie. Such a nice shot

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  2. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    Beautiful portrait

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  3. josephong Avatar
    josephong

    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.

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  4. Britta Avatar

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

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  5. carluaje17 Avatar

    Reblogged this on Carjuaje.

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  6. author Avatar

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

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  7. bluebrightly Avatar

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

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