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As a writer, I've always been interested in family stories. When I heard of a Satanic cult in my family tree, I thought I'd found the story of a lifetime. Read more.

You Have Nothing to Worry About: Photographing Mental Illness

You Have Nothing to Worry About: Photographing Mental Illness

Photographer Melissa Spitz's project "You Have Nothing to Worry About" gives an intimate look into the life of her bipolar mother.

I read about Spitz's work on Broadly a few weeks ago and it's been haunting me ever since. I'm not sure which I love more: the raw intimacy of Spitz's photos or the pared-down captions and the narrative they weave over time.

"By turning the camera toward my mother and my relationship with her, I capture her behavior as an echo of my own emotional response," Spitz writes on her site. "The images function like an ongoing conversation."

Check out the images on Instagram. I really want this to become a book so I can lay in bed and slowly page through the whole story. Publishers, take note.

Photographs by Melissa Spitz. 

What the Heck is a Braided Essay?

What the Heck is a Braided Essay?

Intrusive Thoughts: What It's Like to Be a Mom with OCD

Intrusive Thoughts: What It's Like to Be a Mom with OCD