Happiness

Photos 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 these photos: “I filled a jar with venlafaxine - a medication I take for depression - to express the hopelessness I sometimes feel. My illness feels like a prison,... Continue Reading →

Sun Setting

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: “It's... Continue Reading →

Inspiration Workshop: Color Of Emotion

Please join us in welcoming back Palmer Davis, faculty member at the International Center of Photography, the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture, located in New York City. Palmer’s photographic eye was honed over a twenty five-year career as a Madison Avenue advertising creative director. His first photography class at age sixteen was a... Continue Reading →

Words Of Encouragement

Photo taken by contributor Morgan, a 21-year-old woman living in California. Morgan has suffered from bipolar depression and anxiety for many years. She experienced her first anxiety attack at the age of 10, and it has been a battle ever since. Her mental health improved greatly after the birth of her daughter, when she felt true unconditional... Continue Reading →

Dress Reveal

Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a woman in her thirties who serves as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective on mental illness. She will... Continue Reading →

Flying Dreams

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 →

Becoming A Part Of It

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 →

The Dream

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 had several lottery tickets on my desk and started thinking about the... Continue Reading →

On The Way Of…

Please welcome first-time contributor Mix of a Borderline and Anorexic, a 20-year-old blogger and photographer from France who has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Atypical Anorexia over the last few years. About this photo: “I titled this photo 'On The Way Of...' because my recovery is my first priority. I found this old photo from my travels of the line that... Continue Reading →

Tangled

Photo taken by contributor Livonne, a 55-year-old woman who lives in the Blue Mountains of Australia. Livonne was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder over 20 years ago following a troubled childhood, a violent marriage, and the tragic death of her 10-year-old daughter on an access visit. She eventually found herself unable to work full time and at... Continue Reading →

Romanticize Series

Photos 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 these photos: “A weird and disturbing trend has occured recently on social media - people who think that depression is something glamorous, tragically beautiful, desirable, a condition to boast... Continue Reading →

Stay

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 →

Silence

Photo taken by contributor Keith, a photographer who has struggled with depression. Keith has spent the last year working on a 365 project, sharing one photo per day for 365 days. Through working on this project he has come to accept and understand his struggles with depression. For a long time he believed his mood swings and inability to connect with others... Continue Reading →

The Married Woman

Photo taken by contributor Jennifer Blue, a 54-year-old woman from Los Angeles who lives with Bipolar Disorder. Feeling more stabilized than ever due to her psychotropic cocktail, Miss Blue pursues photography to communicate herself visually. Photography requires maximum focus, so it also brings her into the present moments of life. About this photo: “The Married Woman, self-portrait, 2015. I believe that my... Continue Reading →

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