So how do people treat their physical and mental health disorders? Firstly, Melancholia and hysteria are considered as mental illnesses. The said illnesses do not present themselves on the surface like a broken leg. Because of this, problems are brushed under the carpet and not viewed in the same light. It is very important that we should be understanding and considerate towards the sufferers of this condition. Just because the pain is not physically visible, it does not mean that they are not suffering inside.
Katie Joy Crawford, 23, is a photography student in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.katiejoycrawford.com / Via Twitter: @ktjoy326
She decided to create a photo series of her experiences with depression and anxiety for her senior thesis. Her thesis, “My Anxious Heart,” had 12 self-portraits detailing the crippling effect of the mental illness. She spent three hours for each shot and used a camera remote to capture the photos.
“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.”