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Jeske Balmakers

My name is Jeske. I lived in the UK for about ten years, until I returned to the Netherlands in early 2020. During my final year in London, I began to suffer from severe mental problems, ultimately leading to a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. I have been in treatment since then.

After a long and difficult period, the end of my treatment program is now in sight. I have about six months to go, and the number of sessions is gradually being reduced. Which means things are going well. I feel like I am finally getting a grip on my life again.
I have always been creative, and worked as a creative until I became ill. Then my creative output came to a complete stop. I simply couldn't. It was too much for me.

During my treatment, I suffered difficulties in opening up; I just wasn't able to express myself. This is what in the end led me to pick up my brushes again. That was how I found out that when I cannot find the words, I can talk through my illustrations. What it did for me has been unexpected. It helped me to talk, explain myself, and make actual progress in therapy.

Now I want to share my work with the world. To tell my story of living with BPD. Through images.

To see more of Jeske's incredible artwork and crafts, head to:
Instagram: @byjeske
Facebook: ByJeske

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