(Minghui.org) I am 24 years old and started practicing Falun Dafa about seven months ago. Before that, I suffered from depression and an anxiety crisis, which paralyzed my life in many ways. I couldn’t stay connected to my family, focus on work, or figure out what to do with my life.

I was born to single parents. Having lived all my life with my mother and siblings, I decided to move in with my father when I was about 18 years of age. With the complete change in my environment and of the people surrounding me, I developed depression. It took me a long time to figure out what was happening, and I moved back in with my mother in hopes of resolving the situation.

However, things only got worse. I was mugged a few times in a row and had panic attacks triggered by every little thing, including sleeping in a different place or somebody speaking too loudly. I needed sleeping pills because I was so afraid someone would invade the house while I slept. My health worsened, and I moved back to my father’s, looking to improve the situation.

Looking for ways to heal and rid myself of all the things that troubled me, I tried taking natural calming pills and floral medicine, going to psychologists, and reading self-help books. I researched religions, but nothing seemed to keep me in a positive state for more than a few days. The situation only worsened, and I felt claustrophobic and hopeless.

A year ago, my search came to an end when my boyfriend became interested in Falun Dafa and recommended that I read the main book, Zhuan Falun. I remember exactly how I felt after reading the first lecture: for the first time in years, I was truly at peace.

Although it took me a few months to finish the book, I really wanted to understand Falun Dafa more. I started practicing the exercises. Day by day, I grew more interested and started to be truly diligent with my cultivation.

Nowadays, I am truly moved when I think about the way Dafa has transformed me and changed my life. I haven't had a trace of depression. I rarely get anxious, and when I do, I’m able to calm down almost instantly. The many physical problems I had developed as a result of anxiety no longer exist, and I saw myself truly transformed inside and out through the practice of Falun Dafa.

Dafa is good in every respect, and the more I practice and devote myself to it, the more I feel the transformation. I hope every person can have the opportunity to get to know something so wonderful.