A Psychologist Has Created A Photo Series To Help People Talk About Mental Health

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Psychologist Douglas Amorim, from Cuiabá, Brazil, has created a photo essay called "Depressive Intimacy" to draw attention to issues of mental illness and suicide.

“I wanted to visually portray this anguish for those who’ve never suffered with it,” said Douglas Amorim. This post may contain images some may find distressing.

Psychologist Douglas Amorim, from Cuiabá, Brazil, has created a photo essay called “Depressive Intimacy” to draw attention to issues of mental illness and suicide.

Each photo in the essay depicts a type of emotional manifestation. The photo above is about the feeling of emotional blunting, reflecting the phase of depression in which the person feels unable to do the most trivial things, like getting out of bed or brushing their teeth.

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Amorim says that the biggest complaint his patients have is that their friends and family don’t understand what they’re going through, “I wanted to make people who suffer feel understood, and urge them to seek help,” said Amorim to BuzzFeed Brazil.

This photo illustrates the feeling of having turned into an object, and the loss of the sense that one’s self has meaning.

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“I wanted to visually portray their anguish for those who’ve never suffered with it,” said Amorim.

This photo depicts anxiety disorder.

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Amorim says he has also suffered from depression and was the model in the photos.

Amorim says he has also suffered from depression and was the model in the photos.

This photo represents panic syndrome, a physical sensation of imminent mortal danger.

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