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Bridge Over Troubled Water

Photo taken by contributor Michelle who has battled Recurrent Major Depression for the past few years. For a long time she was struggling and didn’t know what was wrong with her, but eventually she was diagnosed, surprisingly by her gynecologist. Michelle writes, blogs and does photography as therapy. She has found that doing these things is self-settling and helps her manage depression much better.

About this photo: “When I took this picture it reminded me of the song ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel.

‘When you’re weary 
Feeling small 
When tears are in your eyes 
I will dry them all’

It’s a song which resonates with me and often plays in my mind….this is my picture which goes with it. I thought having the bridge in Black and White makes a striking effect.


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17 comments on “Bridge Over Troubled Water

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 2, 2013

    The photo is striking and I love it in B&W. Definitely gives more of the feel you were going for to match the song. Great work!


  2. ZtarDaze
    September 2, 2013

    I love this picture. It is absolutely stunning and I really think the black and white gives it that old classic look as well as a moody look that I think goes along with the story very well. The detail is gorgeous and the different lines and shapes just completely draw me in! Absolutely beautiful! I must admit that what really drew me in besides the picture was the part of the story that I could see before I clicked the link. I hope this isn’t crossing a line and please by all means tell me if it is, I will completely understand, but you had said Michelle was (surprisingly) diagnosed by her gynecologist. I am a Borderline Personality/Bipolar and honestly I am always looking for answers lately it seems. Do you know how her GYN knew? What were the clues she saw? I am very interested and wondering what could cause Recurrent Major Depression in females that a GYN would see. I have been in and out of the hospital since I was in 5th grade with problems there and I feel like everyone I have talked to is just missing something. Thank you for posting this story for people like me to read. It really means a lot.


    • thehappyhugger
      September 4, 2013

      Hi Ztar, I don’t mind you asking. I was not well after I had my last child and the Gyn said that he feels that my problems are much more than PND and that he suspected Major Depression. He then referred me to the psychiatrist as it is not his field. The psych then confirmed the diagnosis. I think I was lucky to have had an experienced and wise gynecologist at that time who was able to pinpoint the problem and act accordingly. Hope that helps.


  3. seeker
    September 2, 2013

    Hugs, you have talent! Seeker.


  4. gita4elamats
    September 2, 2013



  5. trulyfocused
    September 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on A Life Truly Focused.


  6. OyiaBrown
    September 3, 2013

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


  7. mithriluna
    September 3, 2013

    Beautiful. I love that song.


  8. thehappyhugger
    September 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on Hope* the happy hugger.


  9. whitefeatherfloating
    September 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on Patsy's Creative Corner and commented:
    Very beautiful!


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