Depression is a difficult place to be. Challenging on many levels, it can be as frightening for the sufferer as for those who watch on. Those in the midst of its gloom can feel as if they are living a different and parallel life to those they share their homes and world with. This disconnection, and inaccessibility of outsiders to share this highly personalised state of being, can be scary, isolating and lonely.
It takes tremendous strength and resilience to successfully conquer reactive depression, to acknowledge and accept the triggers and personal shortcomings that allowed it to take hold, and to eclipse the darkness of mental illness in favour of the light of happiness. It takes fortitude to share these experiences with a wider audience.
Journey into the Dark and the Light depicts one woman's progression from the shadows of her darkest places, overwhelmed and out of her depth, through her awareness that she could instigate change towards a productive life incorporating personal empowerment and professional success.
The selected poems and artworks illustrate with candour the insights she gained through her journey to well-being, exposing valued understanding of the harrowing process through which she developed inner strength and resilience, thereby consolidating the foundations for a balanced life encompassing self assurance and contentment.
Invisible to You
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I took the safer way.
Water off a duck’s back.
Flung into Memories
Dreams of strange cities and excitement.
A change in the weather flings me
into memories of times past—
a time vague.
A time lost.
As a teenager Annabel Harz suffered from depression. As a coping mechanism she drew pictures and wrote her feelings down. Her art and poetry distilled her sadness, ultimately becoming effective tools for healing by transforming negative conditions into a positive mind-set and a full life. She lives with her family in central Victoria.