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I'm Bi-Polar ;)

Here we go, I was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2003 and in 2006 the powers that be decided I was Bi-Polar, in old money it was Manic Depression, I’m getting stronger as time is going on and I wanted to say until I became ill I had no interest in photography. At its height I could only sleep 3-4hrs in 24 hence the need to do something. Photography has been a great help to me and being self-taught no rules to break! I hope by posting this any others who know of someone or indeed themselves who suffer have they used photography to help them? I hope this post will help someone. So you all know I’m not the goodie goodie type person, depression is hard to live with but I still have a very twisted and sick scene of humour without that it would have taken all of me Ian Francis “Still Nuts” and fighting to recover! Grin

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
8 Feb 2012 12:19PM

Quote:“Still Nuts” and fighting to recover! Smile

Keep on hanging on in there and there is nothing wrong with having as you say "very twisted and sick scene of humour" It keeps me going! lol Tongue Wink Smile


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
8 Feb 2012 12:34PM
A great composition, Ian, and I hope that your images and photography can help others who are suffering as much as it has helped you. Carol
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
8 Feb 2012 12:34PM
Glad to hear things are on the up and up and great to hear photography has had a positive effect just keep the images comming.

IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
8 Feb 2012 1:49PM
Thanks all, I feel it's time to tell the world and try and help others in some small way because the only people that understand it are the ones that have been there! Wink
HBJ 6 5 Sweden
8 Feb 2012 2:24PM
I know of your problem. My daughter had the diagnosis Bipolar II, and unfortunately she didn´t make it. There is a therapy form called Photo therapy or therpeutic photography (google it and you´ll fiind quite a lot). One of the forefigures is the British photographer Jo Spence who died of her breast cancer almost 15 years ago. She used this form of therapy to help her after the diagnosis. I also used this technique as a way to handle my daughter´s death (two years later) - a photoproject using a model who was also a friend of my daughter, and the rest of the family. It was difficult to perform, but it also gave me some comfort. Thr preparations and the discussions with my model was perhaps the most important part of the project. Finally, I should say something about your photo: it´s great!
IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
8 Feb 2012 7:21PM
Hi Hans, thank you for the info on Photo Therapy, and for sharing your sad story, I'm Bipolar II also and I feel for you, my wife and children have been through a lot of crap thanks to my condition. Thank you again Ian..

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