Conquering Inner Battles

Photos taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 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,... Continue Reading →

Keeping The Feelings In

Please offer a warm welcome first-time contributor Zoe, a 14-year-old second generation Broken Light Collective contributor. Zoe has experienced ADD and periods of mild depression. She became interested in photography in 2012. Zoe mostly uses herself as her model and takes self portraits to express feelings or concepts that she wants to communicate. Photography is one coping mechanism she uses during... Continue Reading →

Wither

Please say hello to first-time contributor Ian Arneson, a 29-year-old photographer and digital artist based in Sterling, Virginia. Ian suffers from severe depression and anxiety, and has for more than ten years now. Embracing the art of photography took him to a whole new place, a new state of mind. It became more than just a... Continue Reading →

Bay Bridge

Please welcome first-time contributor William "Cricket" Ulrich, an artist living with schizophrenia. In 2000, he was hospitalized for shutting down, hearing voices, paranoid thoughts, and self destructive behavior. Since then, medication has helped him live a somewhat normal life. He tried tapering down and going off meds but the symptoms always came back. So he stays on... Continue Reading →

Split in Two

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 36-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her... Continue Reading →

The Creative Zone

Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression and OCD for years. For a long time she was struggling and didn’t know what was wrong with her, but eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist, who then referred her to a psychiatrist. One of the factors that contributed to her depression,... Continue Reading →

Falling into the Abyss of Depression

Photo taken by contributor Jocelyn Ang, a 20-year-old woman from Singapore. Her mother was diagnosed with clinical depression when she was just 12-years-old. This was difficult for her, and over the next few years, that combined with the pressures of school and other responsibilities proved to be too much. Jocelyn fell into a major depression herself when she... Continue Reading →

Faces In The Walls

Photos taken by first-time contributor Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz, a New York City based artist who works in many disciplines. She lives with her husband, cats, and rats. For most of her life she has dealt with depression and PTSD, and was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder in the early 2000's. Primarily she works with paint or pen & ink,... Continue Reading →

Art Therapy Column

Photo taken by Natasha Shapiro, a licensed and board certified Creative Arts Therapist of TriBeCa Healing Arts Studio in NYC. She is an artist, art therapist and healer who enjoys using her studio for her own art making and as an inviting place for others to make art. About this photo: “This photo is of me and the... Continue Reading →

Outsider Artists

Photos taken by contributor Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT from NYC. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years, mainly in capacity as an art therapist and psychotherapist. March 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of my private practice held in my TriBeCa, NYC art studio. I work with adults and children and have... Continue Reading →

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