Inside

Photos taken by contributor C. A woman in her thirties who suffers from clinical depression and anxiety. The severity of her suffering goes up and down. Sometimes she can do so much, while other times she gets paralyzed by her dark thoughts. Even though she is not at her worst, each day is still a... Continue Reading →

Angst

Photo taken by contributor A, a 28-year-old woman who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and associated depression and anxiety. She has been in and out of hospitals in Europe and the Middle East over the past few years, but has yet to find relief. She has had awful experiences in the different hospitals, and... Continue Reading →

Day 85 – Mountain town

Photo taken by contributor Cassandra, a 32-year-old woman from New Zealand who lost her older brother to suicide when she was 14-years-old. Beyond being sad and shocked, she was very angry. She remained angry about what she considered his ‘weak and stupid choice’ for most of her life, until last year, when she suffered her first... Continue Reading →

Shedding the Skin of Depression

Photos taken by Danielle, a contributor in her thirties on the bipolar spectrum. Most recently she  has been experiencing depression and agitation. Photography is one of the few things that brings her joy. About these photos: "I am not a bug person. They creep me out. At times I even start to think I can... Continue Reading →

Struggle for Control

Photos taken by contributor Stephen from Maryland. He was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder a few years ago. He has also suffered from crippling anxiety attacks and substance abuse. His issues came to a head in 2009 and he was hospitalized for the first time. He was given medication and told that he would be on that medication... Continue Reading →

Levitation; A Release from Abuse

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very... Continue Reading →

Contentment

Photo taken by Bipolar On Fire, a woman in her 40’s who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She has Bipolar Disorder and Depression, as well as Fibromyalgia. It is a great struggle for her to work full-time and has been for a while. She works as a System Administrator, but will hopefully be leaving the... Continue Reading →

Torn Apart

Photo taken by Page, a teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who has used music and art to help her navigate through mental illness. At just 17, Page has already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, major depression, and panic disorder. She has had three suicide attempts and has self harmed for over four years. She still struggles every day... Continue Reading →

Explosion of Emotion

Photo taken by Janna, who has suffered from panic attacks for the last year that have left her shaken and insecure. However, through her anxiety she has met some really nice people who have similar conditions and this has really helped her in realizing that she is not alone. It allowed her to understand her situation and... Continue Reading →

The Beast Inside

Photo taken by a woman in her thirties in New York who suffers from major mood shifts, perhaps caused by bipolar disorder. About this photo: "I saw this disturbing creature in a window display in Manhattan. I was disgusted but intrigued. Sometimes I feel like a monster because of my unpredictable moods. Like a hideous... Continue Reading →

Displacement

Photo taken by Katie, a student photographer in Ireland. Katie has suffered from Social Anxiety since she was 15-years-old. 3 years ago she was diagnosed officially, and she has been on medication ever since. Katie is using photography as a means to raise awareness and help understand Social Anxiety herself. It has driven her to create a blog dedicated to... Continue Reading →

Cornered

Photo taken by Cristiana Cappelletti, a 43-year-old woman who lives in England. She was born in Italy in a dysfunctional family that created many problems for her, including the social anxiety from which she has been suffering since she was a child as well as depression. She has been to psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors and took antidepressants for 13... Continue Reading →

Fighting Stigma

Photo taken by a woman who suffers from the mental health issues above, including depression, anxiety, and bipolar II. About this photo: "This is a submission for both Broken Light Collective, and Unmasked, a project that encourages people to come out about their diagnoses to help fight stigma. It is hard for me to put... Continue Reading →

Somebody That I Used to Know

Photo taken by  Christina, who has experienced terrible anxiety, often due to stress and/or insomnia. She also deals with agitation and extreme irritability, and becomes anxious in situations that are uncomfortable to her, like large groups of people. She is 19 years old and has been studying photography throughout her teenage years. About this photo:... Continue Reading →

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