Abandoned Ruins

Please welcome first-time contributor Leigh-Anne, a 46-year-old woman from Detroit who has battled a number of mental disorders for the past 44 years after experiencing severe childhood trauma. Her battles include addiction, anxiety, fibromyalgia, insomnia, major depressive disorder, PTSD, and a dozen suicide attempts. Leigh-Anne recently was discharged from the hospital earlier in the month after a heart attack and... Continue Reading →

The Manic Brain

Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties who has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Type II. Danielle is a writer, photographer, coach, and the Executive Director of Broken Light Collective. About this photo: "I was deeply saddened yesterday to learn of the passing of Anna 'Patty Duke' Pearse, a mental health advocate who was one of... Continue Reading →

Coping With Despair

Photo taken by first-time contributor Mark, a man in his thirties who has struggled with depression and social anxiety since he was a teenager. An isolated existence and stressful job recently led to a breakdown that forced him to leave his career. His love of photography, however, stayed with him throughout. In recent years, working on his... Continue Reading →

Porch of Goodness

Photo taken by contributor Daniel, a man in his forties of Puerto Rican decent who currently lives in Burlington, New Jersey. He was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia in 2007, but had been suffering for at least ten years before that. Photography has been his primary method of coping since he... Continue Reading →

Hidden in Shadows

Please welcome first-time contributor Ynne Black, an 18-year-old from the Czech Republic. Ynne has suffered from depression for several years to varying degrees. It causes her chronic insomnia and occasional anxiety. Her main escape from reality is art About this photo: “This is probably my darkest photography so far. The make-up is meant to symbolize tears, if they... Continue Reading →

Late Night Anxiety

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native in her twenties who has lived all over the country. Kait’s primary diagnosis recently changed from Major Depression to Bipolar Disorder. She has also struggled with anxiety and disordered eating. She is currently an undergraduate at Washington University in Saint Louis where she studies Women, Gender... Continue Reading →

My Guiding Light

Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer... Continue Reading →

Bipolar Abstraction

Photo taken by a contributor in New Jersey. She’s a woman in her thirties who has had many diagnoses over the years, including major depressive disorder and bipolar II, as well as traits of borderline personality disorder, OCD, and ADD. About this photo: "Sometimes abstract photos capture my moods even better than photos I take of people,... Continue Reading →

The Cracks in My Mind

Please say hello to first-time contributor Lori who has fought a life-long battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori's four children also... Continue Reading →

Agitated Depression

Photos taken by a contributor on the bipolar spectrum. She has battled depression, hypomania, insomnia, anxiety, BPD, ADD and more. About these photos: "These three photographs may be abstract, but to me they tell the story of agitated depression. Explosion, sadness and confusion, often all at once. The images capture fireworks, something loud and intense like... Continue Reading →

Silent Agony

Photos taken by a contributor in her thirties with bipolar II disorder. Consistently seeing her doctors and taking her medications is keeping her somewhat level, but the battle for stability is an ongoing one.About these photos: "Dangerous. Sharp. Painful. Isolating. These are just a few of the words associated with barbed wire, and yet, for... Continue Reading →

Stolen Soul

Please welcome first-time contributor Daniel, a 48-year-old man of Puerto Rican decent who currently lives in Burlington, New Jersey. He was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and insomnia in 2007, but had been suffering for at least 10 yrs before that. Photography has been his primary method of coping since he was a... Continue Reading →

Bipolar Self

Photo taken by a contributor with Bipolar Disorder, type II. She is a wife, mother, writer, photographer and advocate who enjoys capturing the moments between the moments. About this photo: "Even when I seem together on the outside, I feel like this inside. Like there are many different versions of myself swirling within, distorted and ever-changing.... Continue Reading →

Juxtaposition

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who has battled severe depression on and off for many years, as well as insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and more. She enjoys writing and taking photos through her many ups and downs. About this photo: "I took this photograph of a woman I love dearly. The "veins" were created using photos... Continue Reading →

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