Dissociation

Please welcome first time contributor Layne, an 18-year-old photographer living with Borderline Personality Disorder and dissociation. They have found photography therapeutic and something that helps them think about feelings and make something positive out of it, making it easier for them to deal with having negative thoughts. About this photo: "This photo is a piece... Continue Reading →

Wash Over Me

Photo taken by contributor Lucey Keast, a 20-year-old student photographer from Cornwall, England. She first submitted a photograph to Broken Light during her first year of University when she first got diagnosed with depression and anxiety. She was worried that she would not make it to the end of her degree. However, she is now in... Continue Reading →

Pow Wow Dancer

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 →

The Way Things Are

Photos taken by contributor Savannah Condon, a 22-year-old traveling photographer who is currently residing in London, England. Savannah suffers from Bipolar Disorder. She has been on and off of various medications since she was 13. Savannah has had a passion for photography and art since she was very young, which makes it the perfect therapeutic tool for her. She especially loves... 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 →

Be The Colour

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 →

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 →

Hope Even On The Darkest Days

Please welcome first-time contributor Stephanie McLeod, a 36-year-old wife and mother. She first began to experience paranoid delusions, hallucinations, and severe mood swings in her teen years. After being misdiagnosed for years she was finally diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 31 years old accompanied by years of drug and alcohol addiction. During times of mania and... 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 →

TEDx Talk

Photo from contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the founder of Broken Light Collective. About this photo: “On March 7th I gave a TEDx talk called, How Photography Saved My Life and Launched a Worldwide Movement. The talk discussed the events that led up to my starting Broken... Continue Reading →

Fractured Mindfulness

Photo taken by contributor Jodie Beardmore, a 22-year-old final year photography student who had to suspend her studies due to being diagnosed with depression. Her ongoing mental health series represents the challenges she faced and has subsequently overcome. About this photo: “This image represents my sometimes fractured view of the world, an inability to focus on... Continue Reading →

Stirring

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 →

Quiet Mornings

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 →

Identity

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 →

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