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Alternatives

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Photo 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 this photo: “This is actually a very personal photo; I took it after I came home from a party where I suffered a huge depression attack and remembered the tip about writing or doodling on your skin with a pen as an alternative to self-harm. Soon my forearm was all blue from ink – but I’m glad it was so; the ink can be washed away, and memories of self-harm cannot.”

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3 comments on “Alternatives

  1. Mike Ross
    June 21, 2017

    There are always alternatives, but as Auden said, sometimes we prefer to die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment.

    Like

  2. karen
    June 22, 2017

    That is a beautiful design as well, and I like the strategy– thanks.

    Like

  3. BookOfBokeh
    June 27, 2017

    Striking!

    Like

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