Thanks, all of you, for the suggestions. I was not referring to myself, though I appreciate the kind words! This person is a member of my family whom I am very close to, and she has suffered from severe depression for quite a while- at least six years, but I think it kind of got seeded a very long time ago. I'm related to her by marriage, and her mother was very mentally unstable (she had some paranoia problems that went undiagnosed, but I wondered for some time if she might have been completely delusional at one point) and suffered from severe depression as well as suicidal ideation and was actually hospitalized for 6 weeks at one point (her mom) for attempting to commit suicide with a shotgun (the gun went off, through the window, and into a car driving by about half a block away- no one was hurt). This family member was diagnosed with depression by a GP at one point, who gave her a prescription for Paxil. The Paxil had all sorts of side effects, made her very uncomfortable, and basically turned off her emotion. She seemed better to us, but she said later that she felt like a walking zombie- unable to really react to anything at all, just kind of...watching, if that makes any sense. She got a divorce and her husband's insurance company no longer covered her medication or tx, so she's been off of the Paxil and untreated for almost 2 years now. She doesn't work much, is in a really difficult personal position, and basically I'm really worried about her because the littlest thing can set her off and she's talking about killing herself over not being able to pay for a vacation she wanted to take. Then other days she's just fine and dandy, and is making attempts to move forward. Then bam! backwards, then forwards, and it's frustrating for all of us to watch. I just felt kind of helpless, and thought maybe there were groups where you pay on a sliding scale, or like, Depression Anonymous (do they have anything like that? I made that up..) or something where she could get help, have people to talk to, and afford it. She's so lonely and pretty isolated from other people, and I just don't know what to do. She's got other health problems that are untreated because of the lack of insurance, and it seems like that just piles on top of all the other stuff, you know? I feel like she's my sister, and she doesn't talk to either of her parents (her father is a whole other box of rocks altogether) and she confides in me, and I'm like, whoa, you know? Just....feeling overwhelmed.