The Birth

Photo taken by contributor Shelby Hall, a mother in her twenties from Dallas, Texas. Before her boys were born, she had a difficult relationship with her now fiancé, in part due to his struggles with drug addiction. Shelby suffered from depression through much of their early relationship as a result of being unable to cope. During that rough... Continue Reading →

Not Myself Series

Photo by contributor Patrycja Marciniak, a 24-year-old graphic designer, artist, and photographer from Poland who has struggled with depression, anxiety, and dermatillomania, the urge to scratch and pick at one’s skin. About this photo: “In these long-exposure self-portraits I tried to capture the feeling of depersonalization related to depression and anxiety - the moments when your body and your mind seem... Continue Reading →

Tropophobia

Photo taken by contributor Brandon, a man who has struggled with severe anxiety and depression for most of his life. He was officially diagnosed at the age of 17, and has been using photography as an outlet ever since. Brandon focuses on surrealist self portraiture in an attempt to ease his anxiety by giving him complete control over the... Continue Reading →

It Only Says It’s Open

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 →

Untitled

Photo taken by contributor Shelby Hall, a mother in her twenties from Dallas, Texas. Before her boys were born, she had a difficult relationship with her now fiancé, in part due to his struggles with drug addiction. Shelby suffered from depression through much of their early relationship as a result of being unable to cope. During that rough... Continue Reading →

Color And Light Among The Remains

Photo taken by contributor Ed, a photographer from Mexico City who was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety in 2007 after severe stress led to a professional, financial, and eventually emotional breakdown. He has battled depression, anxiety, obsessive thinking, and fearfulness his entire life, especially as a child and teenager, after a traumatic family experience. Recently, Ed has found relief from... Continue Reading →

Reevaluating

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 →

Isolation

Photo taken by contributor Jaeda DeWalt, a conceptual self-portrait artist in her forties from Seattle, Washington. Her battles with mental illness hearken back to her earliest memories, at age four, when she became obsessed with the number four and performed exhaustive rituals in patterns of four. During her teen years, she began noticing extreme mood swings, manic one moment and depressed the next, and... Continue Reading →

Foiled Again

Please welcome first-time contributor Jack, a 46-year-old man from Merseyside, England. Jack has recently accepted that he has suffered the effects of anxiety and depression from an early age. He believes that this stems from the deaths of his twin baby sisters. Being very young, Jack was unable to comprehend the resulting changes in his... Continue Reading →

Window of Opportunity

Photo taken by contributor Michael Ross, a 57-year-old man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Michael has struggled with anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder for most of his life. Photography helps him deal with the daily struggles, but sometimes becomes a battle of perfectionism. About this photo: “I call this photo Window of Opportunity. Sometimes I look out the window... Continue Reading →

Trapped

Please welcome first-time contributor Kira, a woman who was very recently diagnosed with Autism, although her family had suspected it for a long time. Kira has also suffered with self-harm for over two years, disordered eating, and anxiety, brought on by struggling to keep her head above water and not drowning due to depression. But she managed it. She didn’t drown, and her... Continue Reading →

Stairs

Photos taken by contributor Annie, a woman who lives with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Dissociation. Annie copes by writing, drawing, reading, meditating, walking when able, and brushing her cat Rumi. She loves photography and feels music is very soothing. About these photos: “Stairs! They are very formidable for me. Going up, is one thing, but the very... Continue Reading →

Focus

Please welcome first-time contributor Erwin, a middle-aged man who has recently been diagnosed with depression. He knew he was living with depression for the past five years, but didn't admit it until recently due to the stigma placed on mental illness. Thanks to admitting the condition, journaling, and using photography, Erwin is now on his way to recovery. He... Continue Reading →

Till Forever Runs Out

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija 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.... Continue Reading →

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