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Lost Inside My Mind

Lost Inside My Mind - Self Portrait by Jaeda DeWalt

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age four, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and in her late 20′s she finally sought treatment and was diagnosed with Bipolar, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD from the trauma of being sexually abused as a child into her young adult years. Her life was filled with self-destructive coping methods until she went full force into creating, in her mid-twenties. The process of creating and putting herself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to her and ignited a kind of passion within that she didn’t even know she was capable of experiencing. She has been on an ever-evolving, healing journey, ever since.

About this photo: “To be lost inside the corridors of one’s own mind is a cruel trick of mental illness. It’s difficult to explain to those that don’t know that kind of fear, anguish, and torment.”

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4 comments on “Lost Inside My Mind

  1. spencersamalvin
    January 27, 2017

    Great photo and story, Jaeda, thank you! . . Sam . .

    Liked by 1 person

  2. BookOfBokeh
    January 27, 2017

    Incredible piece of work. Just incredible!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. through1filter
    January 30, 2017

    I know what you are talking about. For me, it is having symptoms that others who have autism do not directly experience. Much isolation due to this. I love your photo.

    Liked by 1 person

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