These before and after photos show how difficult living with depression can be

Depression can make it difficult to do everyday tasks, like taking care of oneself or even getting out of bed, as these before and after photos of one woman show.

Kate Langman, a stylist at Ulta Beauty, first saw her future client in the hair care aisle of Ulta, pulling bottles of "All Soft" Redken hair products off the shelf. Langman asked the woman if she needed help, to which she replied she was looking for something to fix her hair. According to Langman, the woman said she had been unable to get out of bed for six months due to depression. During that time, she pulled her hair into a bun, which after months of being neglected, had matted into a "huge dreadlock."

Langman told the woman to put the haircare products back and come in for an appointment instead. The two scheduled an appointment for the next day, but the woman canceled, making an appointment for two weeks later instead. Two week later, and the woman canceled again. At this point Langman assumed she would never see the woman again.


Then, on March 9, the woman came into Ulta and asked Langman if she could do her hair that very same day, noting that she was finally able to get out of bed again.

Eight-and-a-half-hours later and Langman turned the woman’s hair into a style deserving of her strength. "I didn’t care how late I stayed, I wanted to make sure she got taken care of," Langman wrote on a post she shared to Facebook with her client’s permission. "Most of the time the advice is to just cut it off… But I wanted to make this work for her."

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More than 30,000 people have shared Langman's post since she first shared it. "I didn’t share the post because of the transformation. I did it because I wanted people to see that depression is a real serious thing," Langman told The Mighty. "And just by simply saying 'I'll help you' can change their outlook on life, so much. The hair was an added bonus to making her feel happy again."

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"Baking cakes gave me the confidence to believe in my own brand and now I put my heart into giving my customers something they'll enjoy eating," Klohr said.

While driven to launch her own baking business, pursuing a dream in the culinary arts was economically challenging for Klohr. In the United States, culinary schools can open doors to future careers, but the cost of entry can be upwards of $36,000 a year.

Through a friend, Klohr learned about La Cocina VA, a nonprofit dedicated to providing job training and entrepreneurship development services at a training facility in the Washington, D.C-area.

La Cocina VA's, which translates to "the kitchen" in Spanish, offers its Bilingual Culinary Training program to prepare low-and moderate-income individuals from diverse backgrounds to launch careers in the food industry.

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In 2015, Upworthy shared Crawford's self-portraits and our readers responded with tons of empathy. One person said, "What a wonderful way to express what words cannot." Another reader added, "I think she hit the nail right on the head. It's like a constant battle with yourself. I often feel my emotions battling each other."

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."