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Photo taken by Katie Mc Dougall, a student photographer in Ireland who has suffered from Social Anxiety since she was 15. She was diagnosed almost 4 years ago and has been on medication since. Katie is using photography as a means to raise awareness and help understand SA herself. It has driven her to create a blog dedicated to SA, her thoughts, and her experiences, hoping to help others with Social Anxiety.
About this photo: “Having been on medication since 2011 I’ve become aware of my dependency on it. While I learned other techniques to help me cope, the medication has been the main thing that has got me through the last few years. I wonder…
How can something so small control my life?
How can my life function because of this one small red pill?
People who suffer from Social Anxiety find the smallest things the hardest. With this pill I can take public transport, socialise with my friends, attend college, go out on nights out and more importantly create relationships (be it romantic or otherwise).
One small reddy-orange pill gives me the confidence to show who I really am. Without this pill I would be nothing…without it right now I would crumble.
I don’t dare think of my life without it, not yet anyway because without it who am I?”