Monday, March 21, 2011


One out of 33 children will suffer from clinical depression. Often times parents aren't even aware that their child is depressed until something extreme brings it to their attention.

The abuse of household drugs in America is becoming all the more common. Some do it for the high, the convenience, the rebellion; others do it to attempt suicide; and others are simply depressed and do it in order to do SOMETHING about the way they're feeling. It's a plea for help, hoping someone is listening.

Common drugs used are things like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and other pain relievers. The effects of overdosing on these drugs vary. Ibuprofen, for example, damages your liver and other internal organs and can ultimately result in liver failure. 400mg/kg is considered an overdose. Overdosing on ibuprofen generally will not kill you. A person weighing 56kg (123 lbs) would need to take around 28 pills to cross a serious danger line. However, simple overdose causes dizziness, blurred vision, stomach pain, and many other symptoms. Continual overdose will almost certainly permanently affect you in some way.

I guess this project was created to bring attention to a problem that isn't often thought about. We hear all about drugs kids use to deal. "Don't do pot. Don't drink alcohol. Don't..." etc. etc.

Sadness can easily be disguised by innocence. Sometimes the best kids feel the most down. This project is about those kids/teenagers that overdose on household drugs as a cry for help -- the good students, the nice people, the seemingly successful people who just need a little help.

All the pictures are in black and white.

For the faithful

For the over-achievers

For the young and innocent

For any/all normal people that are just so damn tired.

For all these kids that are just so sorry...

It's OK.

1 comment:

  1. Rae, I do believe you have captured the sentiment very well - too well. I find it a little frightening. Thanks for the reality check. Like Darlann said recently about the recent suicide, why seek permanent solutions to probems that are temporary. Please don't ever give up no matter what happens. Love you.