The Wind

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Gold in the Mountains

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

I Still Exist

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Twilight

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

Survival Manual

Please welcome first-time contributor Fili Olsefski, a woman born in Poland who currently resides in Athens, Greece. Fili has experienced depression and mental health challenges through friends and herself, which she describes as holding on from cliffs and from haunted people, and being thrown into mud and wire. Fili holds an MA in Fine Arts,... Continue Reading →

Shadowed Places

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is... Continue Reading →

Weeping Cherry

Photo taken by contributor Don, a man in his fifties from the Western North Carolina Mountains. Throughout his teens and twenties spikes of grandeur, depression, and anxiety were the norm, although back then no one used those terms, at least not in his small town. He struggled throughout his twenties. Don continued to be plagued by episodes of mania and depression,... Continue Reading →

Self

Please welcome first-time contributor Nadia, a twenty six-year-old woman from Portland, Oregon, who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and self-harm since she was fourteen, and an eating disorder since she was twenty. Nadia enjoys creating photographs and writing, traveling and adventuring, and listening to and telling stories. About this photo: “i took this photo late at... Continue Reading →

Destruction

Please welcome first-time contributor Chelsea Hart, an Urban Explorer photographer who has been diagnosed with depression. Chelsea finds abandoned houses or buildings and photographs the items left behind by previous owners. She also almost always finds a chair of some sort at each place she visits. Photographing chairs has become Chelsea's staple for her signature... Continue Reading →

Exposed

Please welcome first-time contributor Becky, a 37-year-old amateur photographer living in Nashville, Tennessee. Dealing with both depressive and anxiety disorders, photography has been an outlet to allow others to see the world through her eyes. Through her lens, even an ugly subject like depression can be made into a beautiful picture. About this photo: “I wanted... Continue Reading →

Alternatives

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... Continue Reading →

Balance and Transformation

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a woman in her thirties who serves as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective on mental illness. She will... Continue Reading →

Million Wishes

Please welcome first-time contributor M. Delia Florez, an artist and writer who suffers from anxiety and depression. About this photo: “While sitting alone in my friends backyard, I was struck with the sight. I had entered into the Land of a Million Wishes. I snuggled up next to some, with a cool breeze caressing my face. I... Continue Reading →

Decisions

Please welcome first-time contributor OutisPhotography, a man from Ecuador whose mental disorder became apparent at age 20 while he was attending university. After faking a mask for many years, he finally was diagnosed with Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The most difficult challenges he faced on a daily basis were finding a reason to get up each day... Continue Reading →

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