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After the Mania

Please welcome first-time contributor Kevin, a 37-year-old man diagnosed with ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. He is recently separated from his wife of 12 years, with whom he has one child. Kevin lost his career and family due to outbursts of anger and erratic reckless behaviors in 2013. He lost his only brother to suicide and his best friend to suicide. They both had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Currently he has a successful career in photography and media marketing, and is slowly putting his relationships back together.

About this photo: “I took this photo of myself after a manic episode during which I had painted almost my entire basement apartment. It felt strange to have a place to sleep after sleeping in my car for a few weeks. The photo is representing my reflection of words that come out of my mouth, and me only thinking about what I said after and feeling tremendous shame, which starts the cycle all over again. I use the photo to remember to think before I speak or say nothing. Because I will end up on the floor again.”

Find more from him on his website.


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3 comments on “After the Mania

  1. bluebrightly
    September 16, 2016

    It’s a tough disease….keep up the creative expression. Great photo.


  2. Cla-c
    September 21, 2016

    this is amazing .stunning photo and words.About 3 years ago I got into this thing of really thinking before I speak ..I haven`t been sorry yet .Keep up the great work Kevin and good luck .


  3. Alan
    September 21, 2016

    Kevin is an incredibly talented, caring and intelligent person. The world needs more Kevin’s.


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