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Photo taken by first-time contributor Isabel Thalken, a 19-year-old girl from central Nebraska. She was diagnosed with severe clinical depression and social anxiety at the age of 12. She is forced to overcome obstacles every day, but thankfully has found her true passion in photography to help her through.

About this photo: “This photograph is one depicting triumph. It was my first attempt to truly create art from my pain. I now battle Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a condition which causes me to pass out frequently. I have been told that I have some frontal lobe damage from numerous concussions. This new diagnoses first shook my emotional stability, but now, I see it as a reminder of how strong I have grown to be.

Find more from Isabel at her website.


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13 comments on “Resilience

  1. moodphototeija
    November 10, 2013

    Stunning photograph, all the best to you and keep taking photos ❤


  2. traveling crone
    November 10, 2013

    I feel your power! Checked out your web site, well done.


  3. devinpickett
    November 10, 2013

    Great photo, I was diagnosed with severe social anxiety at the age of eleven! They tried to put my on drugs and I told them now. I am the strongest I have ever been today!


  4. Kayla Hill Photography
    November 10, 2013

    I love this picture and what it means for you! I checked out your site and your pictures are great I’m glad you are able to see the strengths your challenges have brought you! keep being awesome 🙂


  5. Dreams and Zeros
    November 11, 2013

    Full of energy. Lovely shot. Very expressive.


  6. raybrizzi
    November 12, 2013

    Love the exuberance


  7. samanthapugsley
    November 12, 2013

    This is beautiful. So much energy and honesty. I’m happy that you’ve been able to find inspiration through your challenges. All the best ❤


    • isabelthalkenIsabel Thalken
      November 13, 2013

      Thank you Samantha!! Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Find me on facebook at Photography by Isabel Thalken! I’d love to talk!


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    November 12, 2013

    great photo. I too have been depressed since my early teens so I relate to your struggles. Please be careful – that illness with the fainting sounds very dangerous. Keep up with your photography – this one is awesome!


  9. Deanna Blackwell
    November 19, 2013

    You are a Champion!…a Beautiful Champion!


  10. jacquijay
    November 22, 2013

    Great work … full of energy and life.


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