A picture is worth ~1,000~ words.
Meet Katie Joy Crawford, a 23-year-old photography student based in Baton Rouge, LA.
For her senior thesis, Crawford decided to make a photo series that would capture her experiences with depression and anxiety. The series — which is called My Anxious Heart — is composed of 12 evocative self-portraits and personal captions that convey the crippling effects of mental illness. Crawford spent about three hours on each shot, using a camera remote to snap the image.
« It quickly became a cathartic experience for me that has led to such healing and self-discovery, » Crawford told BuzzFeed. « I want those that suffer to feel like they have a voice and a hand to hold. I never want anyone to feel alone, as anxiety and depression can be isolating on its own. »
Here are a few photos and captions from her remarkable series…
On feeling like you’re suffocating:
« They keep telling me to breathe. I can feel my chest moving up and down. Up and down. Up and down. But why does it feel like I’m suffocating? I hold my hand under my nose, making sure there is air. I still can’t breathe. »
On being stuck in your own head:
« A captive of my own mind. The instigator of my own thoughts. The more I think, the worse it gets. The less I think, the worse it gets. Breathe. Just breathe. Drift. It’ll ease soon. »
On feeling stuck in your life:
« I’m afraid to live and I’m afraid to die. What a way to exist. »