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Painful Tear

Photo taken by first-time contributor Annie, a 58-year-old woman from Australia who lives with anxiety, panic disorder, and depression, all of which were diagnosed in 2013. She believes that severe chronic pain has been the catalyst to all of her mental health problems. Annie practices mindfulness weekly as part of her recovery plan.

About this photo: “I was editing this photo for another reason and by chance ended up with this image. The tears were in my eyes but the teardrop hadn’t fallen yet. So I photoshopped the tear that was about to fall. This photo depicts exactly what was going on in my mind, body and soul. I am always feeling blue. The white areas in this photo represent the high level of anxiety and panic that grips my mind day and night. The tear I cry is the physical pain that grips my body day and night. Mindfulness to be very honest only works for me sometimes. I must keep trying to turn the volume down however I can.

Find more from Annie at her blog.


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5 comments on “Painful Tear

  1. Maggie
    April 12, 2016


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  2. autisticaplanet
    April 15, 2016

    I have been around others who have chronic pain and resulting depression. I can empathize. I have high anxiety that is interconnected with having autism, so I can sympathize. Scripture has been a very powerful tool in helping me learn and grow and I hope that it either is or can be for you. One thing I’ve learned: God doesn’t remove every trial but does promise to be with me when they come. My mom’s sudden passing proved that to me.

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  3. shyfroggy
    April 18, 2016

    very encouraging.


  4. Annie from Australia
    April 29, 2016

    Thankyou to Broken Light Collective for sharing my story, this is a wonderful site for people from all walks of life to write or share an image depicting the struggles they are dealing with everyday. We can all take something away from these posts and learn new ways to help us go forward with peace in our hearts and quieter, calmer minds. Well wishes to everyone involved and thankyou BLC.
    Hugs from
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊


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