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Artist and writer Aleksandra Stone came to American as a refugee in 1998. She fled from the war-torn nation of former Yugoslavia and qucikly became a participant in the "American Dream." Despite success in America, Stone still found herself struggling. She says, "I found that even with a roof over my head and a university education, life did not feel like a dream. Plagued by perpetual self-scrutiny and long-term depression, I began to channel my experiences into photography."

Since then, she has worked to expose the prevalence of mental disorders by illustrating her own experience with depression through self-portraits. According to Stone, "My desire for my self-portraits is to offer a candid and intimate glimpse into my daily struggles with guilt, anxiety, fear, and melancholy." 

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As anyone with depression or anxiety knows, it is often difficult to explain the experience through words. Stone found a way to share her struggle through photographs. She told The Huffington Post, "Over the years, my presence behind my camera gave voice to a narrative for which I otherwise lacked words. What began as a therapeutic outlet evolved into a candid self-study and the development of a sizable body of work depicting an intimate glimpse into life’s daily struggles with anxiety and adjustments to life in America."

She does a beautiful job. Take a look.

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All images via Aleksandra Stone

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