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Breaking Through

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: “Sometimes with my obsessions breaking through them is a challenge. They loop round and round without an end. Often, I just need to find a way to punch through. This fist plunging through the water depicts what I need to do with my obsessive thoughts–break through and move on. Easier said then done, of course!”


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11 comments on “Breaking Through

  1. realophile
    March 26, 2015

    beautiful image.


  2. Hank shaw
    March 26, 2015

    Dynamite image


  3. Annye Ch
    March 27, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chic 'n' Shok and commented:
    Great !!!!!!!


  4. Dreams and Zeros
    March 27, 2015

    Brilliant and powerful image.


  5. magicallymad
    March 27, 2015

    Perfect photo. So happy your program and therapies are helping.


  6. 5000pieces
    March 27, 2015

    This is so full of awesome and feeling. I love it. 🙂


  7. dreambigwords
    March 27, 2015

    I love this!


  8. wellingup
    March 27, 2015

    You captured this perfectly, thanyou for sharing it with us


  9. Nila Sivatheesan
    March 29, 2015



  10. lauramdaugherty
    April 3, 2015

    Reblogged this on Laura M. Daugherty.


  11. Santosh Namby
    April 18, 2015

    Reblogged this on Santa's Reindeer.


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