Just a note to say it's nice to see the balanced views on here - I've had to defend my taking medication so many times in the past to people who think I'm just a bit down and could be fine if I talked to my best friend about stuff - that I was stupid to be taking medication cause I might have a stroke someday because of it. Trying to explain that that I'd be dead a lot sooner without it never seems to work.
My mother was terrified when I first went on them because she grew up in the era when a-ds just numbed you completely, turned you into a zombie. Thankfully those days are long gone, and, for me, they turned me into not a zombie. I went from sitting in a room, staring at the walls, unable to think about anything but self-destruction, to having ideas and thoughts and plans and being functional. They saved me from my zombie life.
So thanks for understanding the necessity for it sometimes - either as a way to give your brain some space to breathe to work out what's going on, or as a long-term solution to a chemical illness. Either way, if it's something that's happened that's caused the depression, then anti-depressants can get you out of the cycle long enough to sort yourself out, then you can come off them.
For some people, like me, we'll be on them permanently but that's ok too - all my docs have likened it to insulin for diabetes when I've questioned coming off them. They say that they understand we like to think that brain diseases like depression should somehow be controllable by just us, but it's not true. They're as physical as any other disease, just sadly, it manifests psychologically and makes us doubt ourselves.
Anyway, good luck to everyone with depression, whether they choose to take medication or not.
Love Fi xx