Bipolar Disorder - Photography is my Best Therapy

Having a mental disorder such as bipolar or manic-depressive disorder will isolate you and indebts you. It takes away the ability to keep commitments over time. This article will help us to see how photography is the best therapy.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE BEST THERAPY FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER?
DANIEL RUSSELL

Photography has been a lifesaver for Daniel Russell. In so many different ways, It’s given him something that he has been able to create and do.

Daniel was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a manic-depressive illness, about five years ago. It has a significant impact on his day-to-day living. He wasn’t able to work. During a depressive period, it’s difficult for him to get out of bed.

When he was out taking photos, he felt calm. It settles him when he is high. One of his favorites to take is the scenery, the clock tower, the pier, and the boats in the harbor. For him, photography is the area that helps him as a therapy for bipolar disorder.

For Daniel, Photography helps you distract you from the feelings you’re feeling at the time, but then you create something beautiful at the same time.

CHAZZI DAVIS

Chazzi Davis also lives with bipolar disorder or manic-depressive disorder. Because of his mental health issues, he lost everything 20 years ago. Chazzi can never have his old life back but has found that taking abstract photos has become like therapy. When he couldn’t leave the house, he was depressed. He went to counseling, and one guy said, “You need to find something you can do, walk out your front door and just go do.” Then he started taking pictures. For him, it’s like therapy to get out and do something good for his health. It helped him get to the point where he could get out of the house.

When he is experiencing bipolar disorder, photography helps him make something beautiful, and it’s better than negative thoughts. When his mind is wholly preoccupied, he can’t focus and concentrate on anything. One of his favorite parts about photography is the walks, going for walks, and when people say, “Wow!”

EMILY GARTHWAITE

Emily Garthwaite is an award-winning photojournalist. Emily’s work weaves together themes of shared humanity, religion, coexistence with the natural world, and displacement. Emily Masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Westminster and lives between Iraq and the UK.

She had quite painful experiences with her mental health. Photography has enabled her to feel so much better about herself. For Emily, if we make up such a small percentage of the industry, it’s so essential that we team up, celebrate, and lift each other.

RON CLIFFORD

Ron Clifford was proud of being a bipolar photographer. Traveling as a photographer helps him live a successful life even though he has a previous diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. BD is one of his long, arduous journey in life. When he traveled to Antarctica to Artic helps him to embrace each trip as an exciting new experience.

He had overcome a challenging time in his life and learn new skills to endure his disorder. Clifford always says, “Do what you can’t help but do” to capture beauty and character in the world around them and the people he meets. Clifford always helps others do the same.

Now, Clifford is an educator, presenter, and helping others to reach their potential. Through professional mentorships, Clifford helps other photographers to achieve their goals.

MAGALI AGNELLO

PetaPixel Interview Agnello, he tells that how bipolar disorder changes his view in life and without able to maintain a stable mood.
For Agnello, Photography is an art, as always, and that was the way that also helped him understand himself.

WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?

They are known as manic-depressive or manic depression. It’s a mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood.

Some people with BD will also share a major depressive episode or a “down” mood when experiencing a “down” change in attitude.

They can feel:
👉overly happy
👉energized
👉sad
👉unfortunate
👉hopeless
👉lazy
👉unmotivated

Some people with BD will also have trouble managing some daily tasks on:
👉school
👉work
👉maintaining a relationship

IS BIPOLAR DISORDER AND DEPRESSION THE SAME?

Bipolar disorder can cause to feel depression. But it’s not the same for depression. According to healthline.com: depression can cause moods and emotions are always down. But if you have a BD, it can cause highs and lows because of being moody.

CONCLUSION

You will face many challenges and need to overcome them. Still, in this article, we see how photography helps us overcome whatever problems we face today.

I remember the story of a photographer who suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. He put on some medication for depression when he was a teenager. Then he eventually stopped taking it due to a lack of support.

When he could no longer do it, he finally seeks help and is now being treated by bipolar II, even though he feels like being treated correctly. There are still many down days in between. He found a lot of peace in photography and enjoyed it even it serves as a temporary distraction.

There are many photographers today who are suffering from mental illness. Their story continually inspires us, helps us no matter our circumstances. Whatever problems we face. We will continue to capture every Occasion! Gathering! Event! and all moments that inspire others.

As photographers living with or affected by mental illness, we need to support each other! ONE PHOTOGRAPH AT A TIME!

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