Dissociation

Please welcome first time contributor Layne, an 18-year-old photographer living with Borderline Personality Disorder and dissociation. They have found photography therapeutic and something that helps them think about feelings and make something positive out of it, making it easier for them to deal with having negative thoughts. About this photo: "This photo is a piece... Continue Reading →

Disconnect

Please welcome first-time contributor James, a long-term sufferer of mental illness from London who was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. James believes in the power of talking and that it’s linked with bringing awareness and healing to the sufferer. He is open about his dealings with mental illness and tries to subtly carry this... Continue Reading →

The Red Door

Photo taken by contributor Danielle Hark, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the founder of Broken Light Collective. About this photo: “I found this while on a photo walk between panic attacks during a very chaotic time. The photo really captures the struggle I was... Continue Reading →

Bright Under Heaven

Please welcome first-time contributor Natty, a 30-year-old writer and stargazing drifter whose diagnoses include bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Natty is fresh out of a rehab clinic and living in halfway housing. Her major interests include iconography, sleep paralysis, and heresy. About this photo: “Every morning I offer incense to Our Lady, praying for peace to... Continue Reading →

Outsider

Please welcome first-time contributor Emma, a 43-year-old woman struggling with severe depression, an anxiety disorder, and borderline symptoms. As a teenager she had an eating disorder, and in her thirties she was hospitalized several times for suicidal feelings. Emma will soon complete a very painfully-won doctorate, but despite this achievement she still struggles daily to believe that... Continue Reading →

Tired of this World

Photo taken by first-time contributor Marion Orgaer, an 18-year-old woman who lives in France. Marion, an amateur photographer and video director, was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She loves taking minimalist photos because they help her to remove excess thoughts and keep only what is most important. About this photo: “I titled this photo 'Tired of this World' because I live... Continue Reading →

Raw Emotion

Please welcome first-time contributor Darcie, a 32-year-old woman from Edmonton, Alberta who suffers from Bipolar Disorder, OCD and Borderline Personality Disorder. She was diagnosed in the last two years after suffering for over a decade. Darcie is an acrylic and mixed media artist who just recently started experimenting with photography. She is struggling to take her... Continue Reading →

Finding Serenity

Photo taken by a first-time contributor from New Jersey. She is a 46-year-old single woman with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. She loves God, family, and friends. She enjoys art, music, photography, animals, and singing. About this photo: "There is a children's memorial garden near where I live.  This park is connected to a beautiful... 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 →

Mindfulness

Photo taken by Living with BPD, a 24-year-old woman from the UK. She has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. After years of self harm, suicide attempts, disordered eating and severe anxiety, she is trying to heal herself through DBT. She blogs about her life to help others to see that they are not on their... Continue Reading →

Broken

Photo taken by a woman struggling with bipolar II and recurrent clinical depression. About this photo: This photo can mean different things to different people. For me, depression makes me feel broken, and I am feeling very broken at the moment. When I saw the broken shards of this mirror on my bathroom floor, I couldn't... Continue Reading →

Dreaming

Photo taken by a woman with recurrent clinical depression. She is trying to work her way out of a severe episode. About this photo: I have been depressed for a long time, severely depressed for several years to the point of barely functioning. It makes it very difficult to leave my home. I have committed... 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 →

Happiness; Just out of Reach

Photos taken by a depressed agoraphobic. She was assigned to take a prop with her on a photo walk around her neighborhood to get her out of the house, but it turned into much more symbolically. About this photo: Sometimes, or all of the time, it feels like happiness is in front of me, just... Continue Reading →

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