What Is Real?

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with depression, PTSD, anxiety and dissociation. Annie has survived a suicide attempt. Art, music, reading, writing, yoga, meditation and walking help when weather permits. Her feline companion Rumi is her best friend. About this photo: “I hope that one day I will live far away from this place... Continue Reading →

Externalized

Photo taken by contributor Kyle Anderson, a man from Saskatchewan, Canada. Kyle has struggled with an anxiety disorder for most of his life. After a traumatic accident ended his career in health care, his life became unmanageable and he sought out the help that he so desperately needed. As a longtime photographer, when he found... Continue Reading →

The Other Side

Photos taken by contributor Michelle, a woman who battles recurrent major depression. For years, Michelle was struggling but didn’t understand what was happening to her. Eventually, she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist. Michelle writes, blogs, and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is calming and helps her to manage her depression. About these photos: “I like photographing bridges, especially those that... Continue Reading →

Alter Of Coin

Photo taken by first-time contributor John Kelly, a 44-year-old combat veteran from London who has battled depression and PTSD. Having served 9 years in the Royal Air Force, including periods in Kuwait and Iraq, John entered a period of great turmoil in his life, but had no idea why. With the break up of his young family, and the loss of... Continue Reading →

The Miracle of Becoming Whole

Photo taken by first-time contributor Annali, a 49-year-old mother and teacher from Massachusetts who has struggled throughout her life with depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. In her twenties, she was diagnosed with PTSD, and for the past four years she has been struggling with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Since the beginning of her temporal lobe seizures, she has been taking... Continue Reading →

Tick-Tock

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman living with PTSD, depression, anxiety and a myriad of disorders. Annie also lives with her cat, Zoe, and enjoys drawing, reading and walking in the months that her surrounding landscape permits. About this photo: “Tick-Tock was named that because it reminds me not only of the insides of a time mechanism, but... Continue Reading →

Under Construction

Photo taken by contributor Hank Shaw, a 63-year-old writer living in Rochester, N.Y. Many of his friends and family members have suffered from depression and serious mental health issues. About this photo: “Rochester, N.Y. was home to the oldest urban indoor mall in America. Long after it had outlived its usefulness, it was torn down to make way... Continue Reading →

Stoic Amongst Brokenness

Photo taken by contributor Cari, a 31-year-old from Chicago, Illinois, who has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder for the past 12 years. She was recently hospitalized in September 2014 for suicidal and homicidal intrusive thoughts. These distressing symptoms were very new and foreign to Cari. Cari has been participating in intensive treatment since her... Continue Reading →

Abandoned

Photo taken by contributor Thomas Slatin, a man in his thirties who is an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. He was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and PTSD at the age of 18. On the advice of his fiancée, he picked up a camera and started taking pictures. He has always been a talented and gifted writer, and... Continue Reading →

Dusk

Photo taken by contributor Cricket, an artist living with schizophrenia. In 2000, he was hospitalized for hearing voices, paranoid thoughts, and self destructive behavior. Since then, medication has helped him live a somewhat normal life. Depression and paranoid thoughts sometimes return, but he recognizes it and turns to creating art. He gets hyper-creative at times, painting, drawing and... Continue Reading →

Hope

Please say hello to first-time contributor Marcines, a 39-year-old who lives in Slough, England. Marcines has experienced both depression and substance abuse, but is now sober. About this photo: “I have 39 years, I do not drink, do not smoke marijuana more than four years, temporary relapse of depression, taking pictures definitely improves my mood. I call this... hope." _____ **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions. *Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for... Continue Reading →

Before The Storm

Photo taken by contributor Danielle in NYC, a woman who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II and Borderline Personality Disorder, among other things. Photography is an outlet and coping tool that helps her through the challenging times. About this photo: "I feel like there is always some sort of storm brewing in my life. A stormy relationship. A work... Continue Reading →

Time Washes Over Toronto

Photo taken by contributor Alexandre Goulet, a Software Engineer from Ontario, Canada. He has found that photography is a great media through which he can escape the day to day trials of life. Photography was especially helpful after the loss of his mother. Photography, in addition to therapy, was a great deal of help to him through that challenging... Continue Reading →

Twist

Photo taken by Danielle a contributor with a host of mental health issues that she refers to as her “mental mess.” It includes depression, anxiety, and hypomania. She uses her camera to express her inner self and to help her through challenging situations. About this photo: "I like to photograph the unexpected. Moments with a bit of a... Continue Reading →

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