Photo taken by contributor Cheerios, a man who was diagnosed with Bipolar and Paranoid Schizophrenia at the age of 41. Cheerios works and does his best to function at a level that he considers to be normal.
About this photo: “I took this picture several years back. At the time it signified hope for me; hope that God was going to give me a brighter future. I was at a very stressful time in my life, that I feel triggered my mental illness acute episode.
As the years went on and I became mentally ill I realized what Psalms 23:4 talks about when it states the following,
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
That darkest valley was the deepest darkest delusional dimension of the mind where one…
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