I was 18 when I was diagnosed with depression. I had no idea what was going on with me. I was a mess. My parents would sit with me at night as I was scared of everything. It just felt like I had a cloud around me. I was medicated for about ten years. I felt like I just couldn’t help being the way that I was. I was numb, I had no emotion. My parents were amazing and walked by me the whole way. Then someone told my parents about a programme called the Lightning Process, to help overcome depression and anxiety. I was too afraid of failing at something else and I couldn’t bring myself to read about it. Mum and dad were so dedicated to my recovery and they had the wisdom to know that I needed their support to get through this. My parents sat with me and read the book aloud to me, chapter by chapter. Then with the help of my grandparents they supported me financially to attend the course, and mum came with me.