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Photography by contributor Katie McLaughlin, a teenager from Connecticut. Katie was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety when she was thirteen years old. She has since been hospitalized many times due to both manic and depressive episodes. Thanks to medication, therapy, family, and friends, she is finally starting to live life to the fullest.
About this photo: “It is easy for me to say that my dog is my best friend. His name is Sage and he is the smartest dog in the world. He can always tell when I’m sad and makes sure to keep me company. We have a special bond and a lot of my pictures are of Sage. A dog can show you unconditional love and Sage shows me that everyday. My dog is one of the main reasons why I’m happy and he motivates me to stay strong. I think dogs are so therapeutic and they really do help when you’re feeling depressed. I am forever grateful to have a dog like Sage in my life and I don’t know what I’d do without him.”