According to the World Health Organization (WHO) depression is a common mental disorder, characterised by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.


"At least 350 million people live with depression worldwide"


It affects not only the person suffering it, but their loved ones too. It is treatable, but most of the patients do not receive the care and support they need. It can be long-lasting or recurrent, substantially impairing an individual's ability to function at work or school or cope with daily life. 

It often starts at a young age and affects women more commonly than men. When mild, people can be treated without medicines, but when is moderate or severe they may need medication and therapy.


"At its most severe it can lead to suicide"


Almost one million people take their own lives each year. 


"For every person that commits suicide, there are twenty who will make an attempt."

Polaroids taken by Yrsa, I asked her to choose the 6 pictures that she thought represented her the most. Barcelona, 12 February 2016

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“It all started probably when I was a small child. My mom was depressed and my dad was schizophrenic"

Before flying to Bangkok, Yrsa buys for herself a bottle of cava to "because it's a long flight". Barcelona, 15 May 2016

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Yrsa sitting on the couch, laying her head on a friend's shoulder looking at the mobile phone. Barcelona, 27 March 2016

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"I didn't ask much. I just wanted to have a family”

When the happy feelings are running, Yrsa can feel as the happiest woman on earth. Barcelona,7 March 2016

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Yrsa loves pictures, she likes to joke and mess around with the camera. She took the camera and started taking selfies while making funny faces. Barcelona, 27 March 2016

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"I have two reminders on my phone that every single day tell me to starve to death"

One of the few personal objects she hold, "I love the two women fucking". Barcelona, 7 February 2016

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She feels really open sexually, likes to play and joke around. Sometimes when she has had too much to drink, emotions jump from high to low in matter of seconds. 17 January 2016

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Yrsa and her boyfriend kissing in the bus heading to El Prat Airport. They've been planning this trip to Bangkok for a long while now. Yrsa usually shows herself as the strong woman, but when she is with her boyfriend, she can "let loose" and let him take care of her. Barcelona, 15 May 2016

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"I have always reacted to sorrow with anger and mostly anger directed on myself"

Screaming and banging the table while drunk at a friends party. Barcelona, 27 March 2016

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Drinking by herself at her apartment. She is talking and crying about how much she misses and hates her father. Not only she is conscious about every single detail she does to herself and why she does it, but she feels there is something broken inside and she isn't capable to fix. Barcelona, 3 February 2016

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"I feel my emotions extremely strongly"

Portrait of Yrsa while watching a movie with some friends. Barcelona, 15 January 2016

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Portrait taken right after she woke up hangover after a hard night drinking and taking drugs. Often, she feels depressed, that she couldn't control herself again. Due to a depressive state, she goes back to the cycle, starting to drink again. Barcelona, 28 March 2016

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