Through A Manic Window

Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Type II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world. About this photo: “This photo... Continue Reading →

Just As I Am

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life. About this photo: “Ah yes, some days just don’t go quite like you planned. One day you're running free in the jungle, and then you feel a little stick and you wake up behind bars, with dry hay... Continue Reading →

Veil Ungesagt (Much Unsaid), 3 of 3

Photo taken by first-time contributor Kate C, a 21-year-old Sociology major turned photographer from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kate was diagnosed with Rapid Cycling Bipolar I Disorder and anxiety in high school after having a manic episode with psychotic features. Photography has always been her main means of therapy when other forms of help simply did not... Continue Reading →

My Anxiety

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Jaeda’s battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age 4, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. She struggled with her mental health throughout her childhood and teen years until her late twenties when... Continue Reading →

Rainy Days

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul. About this photo: “I... Continue Reading →

Distortion

Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle is a health care professional in his forties who has battled depression and addiction for most of his life. He escapes by letting the camera become his mind’s eye, and hopes that each photo he takes allows others to see the world as... Continue Reading →

Transitions

Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 20-year-old woman living in California. Morgan has suffered from bipolar depression and anxiety for many years now. Her mental health has improved greatly after having her daughter and feeling true unconditional love from someone. Morgan began to explore photography a few years ago as a way to escape. About this photo: "This is my first blended photo. I thought... Continue Reading →

Happy Face

Photo taken by first-time contributor Susan Spangenberg, a painter, writer, and actor who performs under the stage name Shyla Idris. Susan has spent the last twenty years in and out of psychiatric hospitals. She believes in the power of transcendence through the arts. She is a self-taught outsider artist who has been a member of Fountain House Gallery, H.A.I. (Healing Arts Initiative), and The... Continue Reading →

Seven

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter from Northeast Kansas who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always... Continue Reading →

Sunrise on Perch Lake

Photo taken by first-time contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties, and married for the second time. Don continued to be plagued... Continue Reading →

Same Day Service

Photo taken by first-time contributor Olivia, a 52-year-old multi-media artist living in the Midwest of the United States. She is a survivor of child and young adult incest, and suffers with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Olivia began photographing as a child. Recording life through her camera lens was a method she employed to interact with the... Continue Reading →

Fragile

Photo taken by first-time contributor ​Jesse, a 19-year-old artist who fights depression and anxiety. Lacking close friendships, Jesse found comfort in creative self-expression, especially poetry and photography. After struggling through a year of severe depression, he felt his life fading faster and faster. Jesse finally sought out help in the form of therapy and medication, which have aided in his stabilization and recovery.... Continue Reading →

Dark Thoughts

Photos taken by contributor millrick, a man who has been living in Toronto, Ontario, for the past 35 years. Rick has been living with a mood disorder for his entire adult life. Despite being well educated and well employed, Rick's illness caused him to lose everything that was important to him, except his self-identity as a 'Mad Artist'.... Continue Reading →

Come Out Fighting

Photos taken by contributor Yael, a woman who has suffered from anxiety and depression since junior high school. After a year of not going out much because of her anxiety, she finally got the courage to talk to a neighbor who ended up introducing her to photography. The two women were able to connect through their shared... Continue Reading →

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