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Photo taken by Katia, a 23-year-old woman who lives in the Ruhr Area of Germany. She was diagnosed with somatoform disorder and panic disorder with a phase of anxiety in 2008. Since then, she has struggled to live with a lot of symptoms, such as extrasystoles (an irregular heartbeat) and nervousness. She completed her first therapy successfully in 2010. Unfortunately recent episodes in her life have pushed her to her limits, so she will soon start her second therapy, which she would like to document with her pictures. She is a student of History and German language and literature studies, but besides writing, photography is her biggest hobby, one that helps her express feelings.
About this photo: “This picture “Out of Focus” was taken for my 365project, after I decided yesterday to start a new therapy. It´s hard to learn that some things can bring you back to your knees. But I also would like to show that I am optimistic so the picture is not B&W but colourful. My biggest wish is to get my symptoms under control so that I will be free to design my life like I want it to be. Happy, cheerful and full of love… I believe I am able to do so!“