Updated: May 16, 2019
You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking, we all stop talking, we all stop sharing or creating because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that's okay. That's normal. Don't let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe in. Since joy is found in belief, we all have to push through unhappiness to find joy.
Depression has life-changing effects on the people who suffer from it and those around them. The isolation, worry, and fear that comes with this invisible affliction can stall or even stop the forward progress in one’s life.
Natalie: Poignant depression photography is often autobiographical. But in this case I’m merely an outsider surrounded by people who suffer from depression. Whether you have a mental illness or, like me, you are surrounded by people who suffer from it, this imagery depicts the darkness mental illness brings to everyone effected by it — particularly the loss of a sense of self.
Art can serve as an emotional outlet and while this isn’t the first time mental illness has been photographed, this Index will show photographs that represent how Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder can effect an individual living with the actual disorder and the individual who is surrounded by it.