And if you've been around here a while, you are no doubt familiar with Laurie aka MrsWaachcast. She's been through a lot helping me get a handle on this. But she's also had to fight her own battle with depression, and it's something that I wanted to discuss this year. What do you do when the person you love; your partner, a parent, a child, or a close friend tells you that they're depressed? How do you help someone when nothing seems to help?

The first thing you need to understand, is that you haven't done anything wrong. Depression is most often caused by chemical changes in the brain. They can happen at any time to anyone. And when it does, you have to understand that there will be times when nothing you say or do is going to help, or so it seems. The important thing to remember, is to let that person know that you're there for them. Be patient. Be understanding. It affects each person differently, so I can only speak to how it affected me personally, but at the height of it, it felt like it was dark all the time. My body ached, physically ached at the thought of leaving the house. As a person who was fairly social, it was strange because I had almost out of body experiences, talking myself out of things like meeting up with friends, or going to concerts.