As for myself, depression is a new thing to me, and yes, my doctor, who is my new doctor cause i just relocated to another state perscribed the medicine for me. He said there weren't many side effects to the medicine. So i did my research on the pill, and I took a half of it one night, and i felt HORRIBLE, so i haven't taken another one since. This was all before i started seeing a therapist. The first time i went to my therapist, i told her what was going on, and told her that i had been perscribed lexapro, but i didn't want to take it because i was afraid of how I was feeling physically. Also, I had epilepsy as a child, and i've read that some anti depressants arent good for those with that condition. Anyway, after my first visit to my therapist, I felt a whole lot better, I'm not 100% yet, but i'm definatley not feeling as bad as I was a month ago. So, with that said. I don't think it's always necessary to to take meds. For some it is, and for some it isn't. A physical doctor can only tell you what to do about your symptoms, but can't necessary get to the core of what causes the depression and take it away. But somtimes a good therapist can. So i'm not being pigheaded or stubborn, I'm doing what's been good for me.