What if mental illnesses were shown on the outside?
Would we still be afraid to ask for help?
The slideshow below is showcasing some of the shots that were taken during my last photo shoot for my project Consumed. As someone who has personally fought both depression and anxiety I looked for a way to personify this invisible illness that no one can see.
How does anxiety feel?
Anxiety creeps up on you and suffocates the surrounding air. You can feel it approaching but theres nothing you can do to stop it. It consumes you with the idea that what could go wrong, will, and leaves you stuck in your tracks. As the thoughts continue a depression sinks in as you realize that you are not the one in control of you thoughts.
And then you start to feel alone.
Consumed by your illness.
I hope these photos help you represent what you fight like they did for me, and I hope those who have trouble understanding what anxiety (and depression) feels like, understand a little more.
See more shots below.
And always remember you are not alone.
You are loved.
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