Hello and I am Kitt. Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.
There is hope in the treatment of depression and specifically Major Depressive Disorder. An untreated depressive episode lasts 6-13 months, whereas most treated episodes last less than three months. It is well documented that treating the depression shortens the course and can also help prevent recurrence of future episodes. Sixty to seventy-five percent of patients with major depression get better with treatment.
Any time there is a stressor, such as a lengthy illness, there is the potential for development of depression.
You seem worried about taking antidepressants. Antidepressants are safe, not addictive and well-tolerated. Most patients describe dramatic reduction in their symptoms and a return to their "old self." We know that major depression is a brain disease, and that just as you take medication for other physical diseases such as high blood pressure or dibetes, so too for depression. People with a first episode of depression are usually treated for six to twelve months. Psychotherapy can be a helpful addition to the medication.
I hope this information has been helpful for you. It is for educational purposes only and should not replace consultation with your doctor.
Coming here to HealingWell and talking to others is another wonderful way of being able to deal with your depression. You can see you are not alone in this and there is something comforting about baring your soul to the members of HW and still being able to be anonymous.
Again a warm welcome to you and please stick with us.