Stirring

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences... Continue Reading →

Disconnected

Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul. About this photo: “Even... Continue Reading →

Fighting Back

Please welcome first-time contributor Chris Lee, a fourth year college student in Iowa. Chris was diagnosed with depression in the spring of 2013 while a student at college, but had suffered from anxiety and suicidal thoughts through much of high school. With help and support from friends he began to see a counselor. His recovery experienced a setback when... Continue Reading →

Where the Fairies Live

Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids. About this photo: "This is a recent image I made using my 4x5 camera.  I found this spot along the McKenzie River... Continue Reading →

Callas

Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids. About this photo: "This image is an award winning photograph I took in my studio using some callas I cut from my... Continue Reading →

The Ledge, NYC

Photos taken by a woman who struggles with depression and anxiety. About this photo: I often feel like I'm on a ledge or wanting to be on a ledge. Each day it can be a different ledge. At the edge of a mood crash, or potential lift. I try not to think about what could... Continue Reading →

Inside Outside

I'm not a religious person, but sometimes believing in something bigger has helped me through very dark times. Family deaths, deep depressions, uncontrollable mood spirals. I very much do believe in the transformative powers of religion and faith, however, this past year it has eluded me. Barbed wire has felt closer to a religion than... Continue Reading →

Half Solid

Photo taken by Meredith. I shoot photographs as a way of focusing on the external world as I work with my anxiety. For many years, the world seemed like a ruthless place to negotiate. Having a camera gives me something to focus with on days when leaving my space seems too overwhelming.  This photo really expresses... Continue Reading →

Contrast

When I am depressed, hurting, or in pain, I often want to just fly away. I look out the window and dream of flapping my wings and going to another place, literally and figuratively. This photo is dark, but can be light and hopeful depending how you look at it. Sometimes it is both to me... Continue Reading →

Garden of Serenity

Photo by Carespin: I am a 27 year old research assistant in the field of Nutritional Sciences in the state of New Jersey. I do not have a diagnosed mental health illness but was with someone for many years who I did not find out had severe chronic depression until after we parted. The emotional scars... Continue Reading →

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