The Abyss

Please welcome first-time 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... Continue Reading →

Abuse

Please welcome first-time contributor Logan Pemberton, a man from Eastern Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains. The area in which he lives is typically a very conservative and religious place, and while he personally has nothing against those who identify as either, he has always felt sort of targeted for not fitting that description. Ever since he was... Continue Reading →

Faces of Depression

Photos taken by first-time contributor Ella, a 23-year-old woman who struggles with a mood disorder. Her disorder shows itself in various ways, including depression, anxiety, and impulse control issues. Things in life that should be simple, such as studying, working, and socializing, are difficult for Ella because of her mental health challenges as well as dyslexia. Things started to... Continue Reading →

Snowy Afternoon

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within... Continue Reading →

Spoon

Photo taken by contributor Ben. Ben suffers from an anxiety disorder that manifests itself as OCD and Depression. He also experiences especially low moods during the winter months. About this photo: “This picture is of a spoon which I carved earlier in the year, and spent some time finishing last week.  The wood I believe is cherry, and was taken from a friend's garden... Continue Reading →

Beautiful But Toxic

Photo by contributor Ben. Ben has an anxiety disorder manifesting itself in OCD and Depression. He also experiences low moods during the winter months. About this photo: “I often used to enjoy getting out on my road bike to enjoy the light, countryside and the exercise.  Earlier in the year, I pushed myself a bit too hard and have endured a... Continue Reading →

Alone

Photo by contributor Nat, a 70-year-old man who has been interested in photography since he was a kid. He has suffered from chronic depression for many years. Usually the loss of a loved one, rejection, or anything that triggers feelings of low self-esteem will lead to a challenging time for him. Lately, he is rediscovering the joy of the act... Continue Reading →

Dreamscape

Photo taken by contributor Leya, a single mother working in the mental health field. She has a child with multiple barriers, including severe anxiety, and grew up in a highly anxious household herself with a family that experienced significant historical trauma. Leya believes that the key to our collective functioning is finding ways to calm our... 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 →

Ever Downward

Photo taken by contributor Richard in Upstate New York. Richard is a man in his sixties who has suffered from severe depression throughout his life. He is currently going through a particularly lengthy rough patch. About this photo: “My path seems to lead ever downward, my efforts mocked each step of the way by some cosmic... Continue Reading →

Staying Afloat

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 →

Winter Maze

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had... Continue Reading →

Reaching Toward Heaven

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had... Continue Reading →

Solitary

Photo taken by a woman with severe clinical depression, as well as anxiety and panic attacks. She loves taking photos as an outlet, and since she has not been able to leave the house much recently, she has turned to self-portraiture. About this photo: "I feel like I am constantly wearing one mask or another.... Continue Reading →

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