As a young and fairly precocious teenager it seemed the world was my oyster. I won prizes for my academic success. I achieved recognition for my prowess on the sports field and enjoyed home life in the bosom of a large, loving family. But all that was to change.
Whilst undergoing my 'A Levels', I became ill and suffered the first breakdown of what was to become a recurring nightmare over the next 20+ years. What followed was a Helter Skelter ride of severe depressive moods, lurking in the shadows of human existence, followed by all too brief periods of calm normality and then the sublime highs of an indestructible mania. The ride was turbulent, tortured and often too much for those around me.