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Mental Health

Distorted Reality

The definition of a mental disorder

“A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a diagnosis of a behavioral or mental pattern that can cause suffering or a poor ability to function in ordinary life. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode”.

While working with people with mental health problems, I have learnt a lot about the illness and how it affects people’s lives, their friends and family, it also affects people in different ways and its hard to know where to start when it comes to being able to help and understand. I also leant a lot about myself and realized the line we thread between sane and insanity is very thin.

In my research I explored blur in photographs to see how I could use the effect of blur to show a sense of distress, out of mind experience, lost of control, mental illness.

Using blur, grain and reflection I would try and show a lost of identity associated with mental illness and a distortion of a person’s mind.