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Photo taken by contributor Liz Gilbert, a 29 year old graphic artist who has dealt with mental health challenges for over 15 years. She was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bipolar at the age of 13. Although the symptoms and delusions altered her teen years, Liz has since grown to become aware of her early signs of depression and has acquired effective coping skills through therapy and the help of her family. Liz believes that anything is possible with the desire to improve.
About this photo: “This doll has a carved on pout. Ever notice how so many people tell us to smile? Why do we comply? It’s a form of control to tell someone what to do with their body…even if it’s just a smile. Never let anyone make you feel as though you need to do something just because it would make others feel better. Your body, your rights.”