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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: “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 responses to “Breaking Through”

  1. realophile Avatar

    beautiful image.


  2. Hank shaw Avatar
    Hank shaw

    Dynamite image


  3. Annye Ch Avatar

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


  4. Dreams and Zeros Avatar

    Brilliant and powerful image.


  5. magicallymad Avatar

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


  6. 5000pieces Avatar

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


  7. wellingup Avatar

    You captured this perfectly, thanyou for sharing it with us


  8. Nila Sivatheesan Avatar
    Nila Sivatheesan



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