Stay Strong, Keep Fighting

Photo taken by a woman who has suffered from severe depression. She hopes that by telling her story that she will help fight stigma, and help people to understand things like self-harm that seem so hard to understand. She would also like to help other people suffering to feel less alone, and maybe even share... Continue Reading →

Alone

Photo taken by Princess of Tides, a 24-year-old woman from the UK. She is studying for a PhD in Psychology, which she finds to be a bit ironic since she had her first therapist at the age of 15, and was officially diagnosed with depression at the age of 22. Some therapists also believe she suffers from... 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 →

Intrusion, Contemplation, Escape

Photo taken by Anastasia, a 25-year-old Greek architect who has lived in Athens, Greece for the past 7 years. Photography has become her way to preserve moments and enhance memory. Through her projects she strives to awaken feelings that nourish and expand imagination. Mental health issues, such as severe depression, has affected many people who... Continue Reading →

Because They Smile

Photos taken by "Ms. Anthropic" at Progressively Postnatal, who has struggled with mental illness as far back as her memories can reach. She is 27 years old, and has lived in Indiana all of her life. About these photos: I am an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, and I have been a volunteer with the National... Continue Reading →

Insanity in Indigo

Photo by Stefanie, whose depression has manifested itself in a number of different ways over the years, the most painful of which being resentment and anger. About this photo: Anger can cannibalize the soul- consumed from the inside out. At a certain point, my anger and anxiety would catch fire, and once again, from the inside... Continue Reading →

Melting Point

Photo taken by Anna Jordan from England, who has Borderline Personality Disorder. She has been struggling with depression, anxiety and weight problems since her early teens. Creating art helps her to release the negative emotions and turn them into something positive and productive. She says that helps her to lead a normal life without restricting herself or being... Continue Reading →

The Ledge, NYC

Photos taken by a woman who struggles with depression and anxiety. About this photo: I often feel like I'm on a ledge or wanting to be on a ledge. Each day it can be a different ledge. At the edge of a mood crash, or potential lift. I try not to think about what could... Continue Reading →

Behind the Veil

Photo by Sarah Sadowski. I had my first panic attack at age four, and I was properly diagnosed with severe panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder when I was about 8 years old. I'm 24 years old now, and I've come a long way since 1992, the year of my very first panic attack. Sometimes... Continue Reading →

Darkest Days (Challenge: Sun)

Photo taken by a woman with long term insomnia and depression. About this photo: For me, when depression hits, I often feel like day is night and night is day. The depression keeps me down, emotionally and physically, often laying under heavy blankets in darkness barely moving for hours and hours, and then insomnia lifts... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy in Nepal

Photo taken by Thirdeyemom, a survivor of a terrifying, isolating year of postpartum depression that caused her everything from severe insomnia, to anxiety and worry, to hallucinations. She used travel, writing, and photography, in addition to professional help and supportive family, to fight her way out of the darkness. See more of her inspiring story here. About this... Continue Reading →

Ghostly Child

Photo taken by a mom who has been in a bad depression since before her child was born, almost two years ago. About this photo: Some days are better than others, but I never feel like a good mom. If I get energy it usually only lasts for about 10 seconds, not even one lap of... Continue Reading →

King of Birds

Photo taken by n23art, a long time depression sufferer. He is from the UK, but had been living in Asia for the last five years. More about him here. Photographed in Prestatyn, Wales, UK. About this photo: I was waiting for a train which has been delayed, so to pass the time I started photographing seagulls. I didn't... Continue Reading →

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