This is feeling that overcomes a surprising number of our friends, neighbors and our closest relatives. It is a desperate feeling of hopelessness that eats away at a person's soul and often deprives him of his will to survive. These are the desperately depressed who seek relief from alcohol, drugs and violence. You can often spot them in a crowd as they make their way through life disheveled and without concern for their appearance. They need help but usually refuse to seek it. If you know who they are, you could help before an endless circle of helplessness takes away their desire to continue on their life path. Reach out and offer a helping hand to those who have abandoned hope. Quite often you won't have to reach very far. That person could be part of your everyday life right now, having abandoned all hope, quietly living invisibly alongside you.