sometimes i find myself getting sucked into the instagram or facebook newsfeed, scrolling through picture after happy picture. i look at these photos of gorgeous weddings, glowing pregnancies and gourmet meals and wonder if i am the only person whose life isn’t nearly so picture-perfect. living with depression and anxiety is not something i would instinctively take a picture of and post for all of my friends and family to see. it’s not always pretty. it’s hardly ever organized. and no filter can take away the challenges of mental illness.
but what if instagram had a depression filter? what if we did post images of how depression or bipolar disorder or schizophrenia impact our daily lives? not just our triumphs but also our struggles. if one in four adults will experience a mental health issue in any given year i think it’s important to do some honest sharing of what that looks like day-to-day. because looking at each other’s highlight reels on social media does not offer a realistic portrayal of our ups and downs. so i decided to create my own album of pics that capture small glimpses into my life with depression. it’s time to stop comparing ourselves to others and start accepting and embracing what makes us who we are – including our mental illnesses.