A Foot In Front Of The Other

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 →

Decisions

Please welcome first-time contributor OutisPhotography, a man from Ecuador whose mental disorder became apparent at age 20 while he was attending university. After faking a mask for many years, he finally was diagnosed with Major Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The most difficult challenges he faced on a daily basis were finding a reason to get up each day... 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 →

Flesh and Veins

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 →

Wired

Photo taken by contributor Annie, a woman living with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and a myriad of other disorders. Annie lives with her feline companion, Zoe. Her coping tools include meditation, art, writing, and petting Zoe. About this photo: “Lately, my mind has been racing. Some days I simply cannot stop. Sleep is growing thin. It feels as... Continue Reading →

Some Days

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life. About this photo: “Some days it is my photography and my sweet dog that keep me on track and pull me up and out. My totally deaf rescue dog Grace is such a good friend. She knows how... Continue Reading →

Perfectly Woven Together

Photo taken by contributor CJ, a 31-year-old female living in Chicago, Illinois. CJ has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder for the past 12 years. In September 2014, her symptoms flared and she developed intrusive thoughts. For CJ these thoughts were highly distressing as the content was related to harming herself and others. She was diagnosed with... Continue Reading →

Overcoming Anxiety – Part III

Photos taken by contributor Racquel Fortuna, a 31-year-old woman from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Racquel lives with severe anxiety that causes her to shut herself off from the rest of the world. She often feels overwhelmed by fear, doubt, sadness, and isolation. Racquel’s internal battles were negatively impacting her life, both mentally and physically, until one day when she decided to challenge herself to turn things around. She started by taking better... Continue Reading →

Every Path Has a Puddle

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. 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, but she could always process her very... Continue Reading →

Staring Through the Bars

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her four and six-year-old young grandchildren. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love... Continue Reading →

The Door is the Window to the Soul

Photo taken by contributor Lisa Day, a woman who lives with anxiety disorder, PTSD, depressive disorder and mild bipolar. She recalls being ‘melancholy’ for most of her life, but things progressively got worse until she felt suicide was her only solution. The very night she planned her “great escape” she was contacted by the father of... Continue Reading →

Hope Floats

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a 36-year-old photographer and self-portrait artist from Northeast Kansas. 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, but she could always process her very... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to Us!

Special post and photo by Danielle, the founder of Broken Light Collective. The beginnings: After a major depressive crash several years ago, my therapist - who was exploring the art of photography herself - encouraged me to start photographing again regularly, not just when I was hired to do a portrait or feeling hypomanic. We started... Continue Reading →

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