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Broken

Photo taken by a woman struggling with bipolar II and recurrent clinical depression.

About this photo: This photo can mean different things to different people. For me, depression makes me feel broken, and I am feeling very broken at the moment. When I saw the broken shards of this mirror on my bathroom floor, I couldn’t help but think of the potential for hurting myself. Thankfully I am in a place where I did not do that, this is growth, but I felt bad for even having the thoughts. My doctor said it’s normal for someone with a history of depression to think such things. Those reactions are biological, and negative thoughts get stuck in our brains from the past, similar to when people who have been to war jump when they hear a car backfire. We need to just focus on not acting on negative impulses, and not beating ourselves up for having negative thoughts. 

Healing from depression is an up and down journey and we can’t berate ourselves for any steps backwards. We just need to try and continue with positive growth and moving in the overall right direction.

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23 comments on “Broken

  1. Jo Bryant
    August 3, 2012

    What a wonderful post because it opened a view to me I have not had before

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  2. the_lunatic
    August 3, 2012

    Lovely interpretation!

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  3. halfcnote
    August 3, 2012

    Been there. Congratulations on where you have come to be.

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  4. vastlycurious
    August 3, 2012

    This photo spoke volumes to me.. To me , it meant if you do not like who you see in the mirror then begin anew. Thanks you! Love the symbolism though it meant something different to me it was wonderful.

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  5. Northern Narratives
    August 3, 2012

    Very thoughtful photo and post.

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  6. The Retiring Sort
    August 3, 2012

    I wish you continued growth and peace.

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  8. bellavitabyjamie
    August 4, 2012

    You are not alone.

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  9. eof737
    August 4, 2012

    Thought provoking. Painful. Touching… Thank you for sharing this.
    Eliz

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  11. Amar Naik
    August 4, 2012

    i like your interpretation.

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  17. Untitled Adventure
    August 5, 2012

    thank you for sharing this different perspective!

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  18. awindowofwisdom
    August 5, 2012

    You are light even when you feel dark.. I wish you blessings on your journey and wishes for your light to be blinding!

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  19. pahari.s
    August 7, 2012

    your post is really inspiring as i too sometimes have the same feelings..

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  20. Just me Hibana
    August 9, 2012

    I can feel this, as I see this…thank you, such images give people a chance to…know they can feel out loud…

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