Last week I photographed an assignment for National Public Radio on a story about new depression drugs saving lives. I met 28-yr-old Chris Stephens, who was very open about his depression and his life in general. He was also super open about being photographed which really helped me. I spent a couple hours working on various portraits, in and around his home, and to his favorite writing spot. The challenge was to show a new life for a people suffering with depression.
This story is fascinating because the new drugs being developed are designed similarly to Special K. And in fact "Special K," which is "an FDA-approved anesthetic named ketamine, can relieve even suicidal depression in a matter of hours. And it works on many patients who haven't responded to current antidepressants like Prozac."
And for people like Chris, this has given them a second life.
To hear the story: New Depression Drugs Offer Hope For Toughest Cases