December 25, 2017
Inspiring Video: Rebecca Brown's 6 1/2 Years Of Selfies Show Her Struggle With Depression

Rebecca Brown has already survived and even overcome a series of serious psychological struggles, even though this British artist in only 21 years old. This incredibly inspiring video documents her battles, and her amazing inner strength -- covering six-and-a-half years of her young life in just four minutes.

How? We hope you'll watch the video and find out. But here's a quick spoiler. This brave young woman, who goes by the nome de art "BeckieO," has been taking self-portraits -- or "selfies" as we now call them -- every day of her life since she was 14 years old.

During that time, Brown -- a remarkably prolific artist, as her YouTube channel demonstrates -- battled depression, anxiety disorder, and two forms of what could be crippling impulse control disorder.

Brown suffers from trichotillomania, which is the uncontrollable compulsion to pull out your own hair. Once considered a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, hair-pulling disorder as it is sometimes called has since been reclassified as an anxiety disorder, as it appears to be triggered by stress or depression. The disorder can even be found in babies, but usually appears in the early teenage years.

Her other notable ailment is dermotillomania, also known as "excoriation disorder," the compulsion to pick at one's skin, often leaving visible scars.

But Rebecca Brown has not let either of those conditions, nor her other psychological conditions, stop her from creating art. In fact, her issues are what compel her to create.

Her selfie montage must be seen to be fully understood and appreciated. We hope you'll watch it, then also check out Beckie's work at her other online venues, such as her Facebook page, Instagram and Tumblr in addition to her YouTube channel.

"Beauty is more than what we see with the eyes. People are more than their conditions," Rebecca Brown says. "I am more than my hair and skin. This only shows my exterior, I hope that people will check out my videos to see more of the girl inside."

Watch the six-and-a-half-years of selfies by Rebecca Brown and let us know how you respond. Maybe there's something about her experience that feels familiar in your own life as well. Whatever your personal struggles, we think you'll find her work an inspiration.