6. “This is a comparison of two separate parts of my life — one where I’m high and happy and jolly the other where I’m low, very tearful and very suicidal. Why won’t I put this on social media? Foremost the stigma, people thinking I’m looking for attention, I look ugly and I wouldn’t want to be friends with someone that is that low on a regular basis. So that’s where photo two comes in. I’m trying to secretly hide exactly what I’m feeling in photo one.” — Patrice O.
7. “This is the day I was fighting the hardest. I had suicidal thoughts, and I hadn’t slept for two days… I was desperate to die. I had taken this picture, and I remember looking at it and thinking, I don’t like look like I am fighting for my own life. And that thought was very haunting. Most people only see the cheerful person I am. Because battles like these were always hidden. This was a meltdown in place. This picture came after hours of crying. Which is why this picture is so haunting… It’s because none of that is seen here.” — Maha D.
8. “The picture kinda speaks for itself… I’d somehow misplaced my medication for about a couple weeks. My BPD is comorbid with depressionand ADHD, and without my meds, I quickly started feeling as though I was ‘losing it.’ I had too much nervous energy, I couldn’t think straight.” — Sissi C.
9. “This tattoo saved my life. ‘Jurassic Park’ is my favorite film because it was my escape as a child when bad things were happening to me. I want to post this photo but don’t out of fear for people’s reactions to my scars.” — Courtney F.
10. “I wish I could post this. I would be called overly dramatic. But I just want someone to catch a glimpse into how trapped I feel at times. How lonely BPD is and the affect it has [on me] to not have a support system.” — Julissa S.