Don't give up on doctors or medications, sometimes they don't work it's true... because you could be allergic to some types of them, there is usually a %1 or %2 chance you could get side effects from most anti-depresants, but you could always ask your doctor to try a difirent one just in case you think it could be the medication affecting you..
Just so you know, i have felt also that depression took over my life, but i know now its not true. deppresion is only an ilness and you can fight it like any other ilness. just like you fight a cold or a bad throat, by not giving up, hoping and doing the things that will help you recover.
For instance, if you have a cold you would rest, keep yourself warm, eat good food , maybe see a doctor ask him for some medications. all those combined toghether help you get out of your cold as quickly and safly as possible..
The same with deppresion, you can say i give up, or you can try getting help from doctor, walk, talk to a warm friend about it , read a book, watch a movie instead of sleeping your day you can find something nice you can do.
Take your kids for instance on a piknic if the wheather is good, just an idea :) or maybe a barbique if you have a back yard..
To be or not to Be