Dark Place

Photo taken by first-time contributor Julie, a California-based photographer who also works in film. She's been battling anxiety and depression for over ten years, suffering from panic attacks in between. Julie was initially put on medication for depression in her early twenties, but it did not seem to help her and she eventually stopped taking it. During... Continue Reading →

Intense Waves

Please welcome first-time contributor Paula, a woman who has been successfully living with Bipolar II for three decades. Paula finds comfort and support in her faith, CBT, friends and her kitties. Spending time outside in beautiful Wisconsin, while practicing Mindfulness, has been essential in her recovery. She thrives in Wisconsin. About this photo: "This photo is evocative.... Continue Reading →

Lamppost

Photo taken by contributor Ty Fitzgerald, a man who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II. Ty has a fondness for Lo-fi and Lux filters because they intensify shadows, highlights and colors. Such photos visually represent the way he sees the world, a little brighter and darker than he imagines those without bipolar disorder see the world. About this photo: “This photo of a lamppost... Continue Reading →

Untitled 5

Please welcome first-time contributor Nicolart, a 23-year-old man from Bogotá, Columbia, who has been diagnosed with bipolar II. He is a suicide attempt survivor currently living with his parents and sister who are trying hard to understand his bipolar disorder. Right now he is in mixed state of depression and hypomania. Nicolart is a student of... Continue Reading →

Authentic Self

Please say a warm hello to first-time contributor Mark Maya, a 30-year-old photographer from Durham, North Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with bipolar II.  Mark has used photography to treat and express himself for about four years now. He is currently doing a yearlong self-portrait project. About this photo: “This self portrait is one of the most authentic that... 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 →

Solitary

Photo taken by a woman with severe clinical depression, as well as anxiety and panic attacks. She loves taking photos as an outlet, and since she has not been able to leave the house much recently, she has turned to self-portraiture. About this photo: "I feel like I am constantly wearing one mask or another.... Continue Reading →

Swirl of Color

Photo taken by a woman in her forties who has been diagnosed with Bipolar II and ADD. About this photo: "This photograph was taken in Brooklyn, NY. I hoped to capture the extremely emotional and motion-full day with my photos. The swirl of color in this one mirrored my intense mood swings during this very hot day." ... Continue Reading →

Bipolar Contradiction

Photo taken by Abby, a 32-year-old woman from the Bay Area of California who was diagnosed several years ago with Bipolar II, and has fought through addiction. She is happiest when she is traveling, and her favorite self-care activity is taking her camera for a walk and focusing only on what the frame shows her. About this photo:... Continue Reading →

Life is Ruff

Photo taken by Sarah, a 23-year-old woman from Connecticut who was diagnosed with bipolar II two years ago. It threw her for a loop and disrupted her life in many ways. She is not where she expected to be, but can honestly say that she is finding peace about that. The peaks and valleys have taught... Continue Reading →

Masked Warrioress

Photo taken by Dee, who is currently in the hospital undergoing E.C.T. aka "shock therapy" for the treatment of depression and bipolar, hence the fashionable paper bracelet. About this photo: I am not supposed to take photos here in the hospital, but managed to sneak this one in. The mask partly speaks for itself. I... Continue Reading →

Window on Addiction

Photo taken by Abby from the Bay Area of California, who suffers from Bipolar II. More about her here. About this photo: Substance use and abuse travel side-by-side with my mental health issues. It is tempting to pair the two as inevitable bedfellows, but in the process of recovery from both alcoholism and bipolar, I am learning that... Continue Reading →

ChainLinkedUp

Photo taken by Abby from the Bay Area of California, who was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II. More about her here. About this photo: This bird was kind enough to let me get close enough to ponder before taking to the air. The juxtaposition of the chain-link fence with the bird taking flight implies a seemingly contradictory... Continue Reading →

A Limber Heart

Photo taken by Abby. I live in the Bay Area of California and am currently working through the birth of a beast, called Bipolar II. I am still learning about what it means to me to have a mental illness that has a name, but remains fairly hidden in my daily life. I am happiest when I... Continue Reading →

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