After the Mania

Please welcome first-time contributor Kevin, a 37-year-old man diagnosed with ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. He is recently separated from his wife of 12 years, with whom he has one child. Kevin lost his career and family due to outbursts of anger and erratic reckless behaviors in 2013. He lost his only brother to suicide and his best friend to suicide. They both had... Continue Reading →

Catharsis 3

Photo taken by contributor Jennifer Blue, a 53-year-old manic depressive avidly shooting in Los Angeles. Photography has always been her primary art medium because of its immediacy. Her search and creation of decisive moments has been a valuable therapeutic tool. About this photo: “This is image #3 from the Catharsis Series, 2016, a self-portrait.  I am going through some heavy shit... Continue Reading →

Slam

Photo taken by first-time contributor Jennifer Blue, a 53-year-old manic depressive avidly shooting in the greater Los Angeles area. Jennifer believes that psychic equilibrium is achieved only while shooting, and thus she is prolific. About this photo: "This shot is from the series 'Slam,' a documentary photography series endeavor shot in extrusive time.” _____ **Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here ▸ Now... 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 →

Seeing The Light

Photography by first-time contributor Katie McLaughlin, a teenager from Connecticut. Katie was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anxiety when she was thirteen years old. She has since been hospitalized many times due to both manic and depressive episodes. Thanks to medication, therapy, family, and friends, she is finally starting to live life to the fullest. About this photo:... Continue Reading →

Tangle of Life

Please welcome first-time contributor Jamie. After spending most of her life in and out of deep depressions, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years ago. She spent the first several years after her diagnosis in complete denial, shame and despair. Then there was a shift. She learned, slowly, that she had to make friends with... Continue Reading →

I Am the Movement

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 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... Continue Reading →

Split

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and portrait artist in her thirties 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... Continue Reading →

Underneath

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: “When... Continue Reading →

Chained

Please welcome first-time contributor Tony Ballas, a man who currently resides in Romney, West Virginia. Tony grew to enjoy photography before being diagnosed with bipolar, but put it away for about a decade. His reintroduction to photography was spurred  by the digital craze and ease of editing and storing the images, and more importantly being able to... Continue Reading →

Bipolar Brain

Photo by contributor Matt Williams from Portsmouth, UK. In his late teens and early twenties he learned that he was living with bipolar disorder. He felt lost and in many ways existing or deluding himself rather than really living life. He has since stabilized, and discovered what is good for him, such as creativity, and what he should avoid. His bipolar has... Continue Reading →

Trapped Lovers

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who struggles with bipolar disorder. While her life often feels like one obstacle after another, she is grateful to have photography, and a loving husband who helps her see color when she feels trapped in a world of black and grey. About this photo: "I was coming home from an art show... 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 →

Crashing Down

Photo taken by contributor Kait Mauro, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native 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 & Sexuality... Continue Reading →

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