Slam

Photo taken by first-time contributor Jennifer Blue, a 53-year-old manic depressive avidly shooting in the greater Los Angeles area. Jennifer believes that psychic equilibrium is achieved only while shooting, and thus she is prolific. About this photo: "This shot is from the series 'Slam,' a documentary photography series endeavor shot in extrusive time.” _____ **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now... Continue Reading →

The Manic Brain

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Type II. Danielle is a writer, photographer, coach, and the Executive Director of Broken Light Collective. About this photo: "I was deeply saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of Anna 'Patty Duke' Pearse, a mental health advocate who was one of... Continue Reading →

Crumpled

Photo taken by first-time contributor Cla-c, a 45-year-old wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with Cyclothymia a year ago. She always knew something was wrong with her, and that her actions and words did not always feel like her. Her culture and environment did not allow diagnosis for a very long time. Now she is taking it day by... Continue Reading →

Suffocating

Photo taken by contributor Quenby Sheree, a 32-year-old woman from Daytona, Florida, who has struggled with chronic anxiety disorder throughout her life. She was finally properly diagnosed at the age of 15 when her illness became too difficult to manage and she dropped out of the 8th grade with plans of suicide. For about three years she only left... Continue Reading →

Solemn

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... Continue Reading →

White Tulip 3

Photo taken by first-time contributor Katarina, a woman born in 1965 in a small town called Uddevalla, on the west-coast of Sweden. Katarina has been challenged with both mental and physical illnesses since an early age, including bipolar disorder. Being an introvert, art became a good way for her to communicate her feelings in a safe way. Her medium of choice has... Continue Reading →

My Light

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 improved greatly after the birth of her daughter, when she felt true unconditional love from someone. Morgan began to explore photography a few years ago as a way to escape. About this photo: "I love this photo simply because she's my light through... Continue Reading →

Safe Place

Photo taken by first-time contributor Jo, a 63-year-old Native woman from Arizona who has been struggling most of her life with depression, PTSD and dissociation. Jo still struggles daily, but she is now on a path towards healing. Photography of nature is part of her self-care and healing process. About this photo: “This photo is of my 'Safe Place'... Continue Reading →

Fighting for Sanity

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 →

Duality

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 →

Fire In My Sky

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital.... Continue Reading →

Self portrait. 2015.

Photo taken by first-time contributor Cody Spencer, a 27-year-old man from Melbourne, Australia, who was born with a very rare genetic disorder called Von Willebrands Disease Type 3. VWD Type 3 is a severe bleeding disorder, which has effected his entire life. Cody learned to live with it right up until his early adulthood. It wasn't until he... Continue Reading →

The Calm Instead of the Storm

Photo taken by first-time contributor Roge, an active duty Army officer in his forties who suffered from a bought with major depression and moderate PTSD several years ago. Faced with a failing marriage, two beautiful children who he barely knew, and an uncertain military career, he sought help from the military's behavioral health professionals, and... Continue Reading →

Coping With Despair

Photo taken by first-time contributor Mark, a man in his thirties who has struggled with depression and social anxiety since he was a teenager. An isolated existence and stressful job recently led to a breakdown that forced him to leave his career. His love of photography, however, stayed with him throughout. In recent years, working on his... Continue Reading →

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