Photo used with permission by member Jenn, see the story here.
Everyone experiences these issues differently as there’s such a large spectrum of causes and severity when struggling with depression. That’s why we believe in the power of stories and using therapeutic photography to help people open up and break the silence as a way to better understand these mental health issues for ourselves and everyone else.
Community insights on depression
We see a common theme in stories that uses fog as a visual cue and metaphor for depression and the symptoms.
Black and white
Black and white is a recurring way that people express thoughts and feelings around depression, including themes of darkness.
Fences and prisons
Many photos present visual cues and stories speak on feeling fenced in, restricted or imprisoned by depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
The main symptom of depression is feeling sadness and despair for most of the day, usually lasting for up to two weeks and affecting your regular everyday life at school, work or within your social life. Your experience of this is unique and may change over time throughout your journey, while it can be a temporary period or something you manage all through your life.
Other symptoms include:
- persistent feelings of anxiety, sadness or “emptiness”
- feelings of hopelessness, pessism,
- irritability, restlessness, short temper and anger
- difficulty concentrating, making decisions and remembering details
- decreased energy, feeling fatigued, physically drained or “slowed down”
- loss of interest in work, hobbies or activities that were once pleasurable (including sex)
- withdrawal from social circle including friends and family members
- feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, guilt and self-loathing
- physical symptoms that persist, do not respond to treatment and cannot be attributed to another cause (such as aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive disorders)
- changes in sleep patterns: excessive sleeping, early-morning awakening, or insomnia (also known as hypersomnia)
- changes in appetite and weight: overeating and weight gain or low appetite and weight loss
- detachment from reality: having delusions (strange ideas) or hallucinations (hearing voices)
- thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts (which need to always be taken seriously)