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Photos by contributor Patrycja Marciniak, a 24-year-old graphic designer, artist, and photographer from Poland who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and dermatillomania, the urge to scratch and pick at one’s skin.

About these photos: “I filled a jar with venlafaxine – a medication I take for depression – to express the hopelessness I sometimes feel. My illness feels like a prison, and medicine doesn’t feel like an escape, only a temporary break, a necessity. I’m looking forward to the times when I no longer desperately need meds to feel happy, but can find the happiness on my own. I hope that someday I will spread my wings and fly away from my prison.”

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4 comments on “Happiness

  1. Kerrie
    May 25, 2017

    How creative! I, too, am on venlafaxine but on may way off of them… it’s nice to think of myself as a butterfly spreading my newfound wings 🙂


  2. daveyone1
    May 25, 2017
  3. steviegill
    May 25, 2017

    Lovely images and words, something I can totally relate to.


  4. Mike Ross
    May 25, 2017

    Charles Bukowski once wrote: “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”


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