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Photo taken by first-time 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 the house for therapy sessions and was heavily medicated. Eventually she became healthy enough to get her GED and attend a small community college where she discovered a passion for photography. Since the school she was attending didn’t offer a degree in photography she transferred to one across the country that did. Now she has an A.S. in Photographic Technology from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies where she has been invited back several times to lecture. She is the founder and curator of the photography blog, Curating the Unseen, where she helps other artists get their work seen around the world.

About this photo: “I took this self portrait, titled “Agoraphobia”, as a class assignment in photography school. At the time I was unwilling to share my mental illness with others even though I was mentally healthy enough to pass for “normal” (at least in an art school), so I ended up turning in a different photo. But I have always felt a strong connection to this image and it remains one of my favorites.

Find more from Quenby at her website.


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12 comments on “Agoraphobia

  1. Rajiv
    March 4, 2016



  2. Br Andrew Efo
    March 4, 2016



  3. Br Andrew Efo
    March 4, 2016

    Reblogged this on Br Andrew's Muses and commented:
    Mild agoraphobia makes up part of my Mental dis-ease jungle – this is a good image. Wooden


  4. autisticaplanet
    March 4, 2016

    Wow, what an encouraging story! You have a stunning shade of red hair.


    • Quenby Sheree
      March 6, 2016

      I’d love to take credit for it, but that came straight out of a bottle lol


  5. Dan
    March 4, 2016

    Thank you,your story helped me.


    • quenbysheree
      March 6, 2016

      I’m glad. Finding the right combination of doctors and drugs can be overwhelming, and even though I’m still having problems, I’m glad I stuck with my treatment because I have an actual LIFE now.


  6. adasyael88
    March 4, 2016



  7. tessbloggs
    March 5, 2016

    Very beautiful article, and I love the fact that you were very honest. I think people can really relate to this 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • quenbysheree
      March 6, 2016

      What I like about this site as soon as I found it is that we can be totally open about our stories and you know everyone is going to relate. That’s why I submitted. And I plan to do so again. Thanks for commenting.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. iampeacenow
    March 10, 2016

    This is photo is wonderful. peace


  9. Cla-c
    March 30, 2016

    quenbysheree this is such a strong Image .Wonderful .And yes your hair ,amazing .


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