Hey froggy, there are many people who have depression that can control it without medications. I think it all depends on the person, living situation, type of depression they have perhaps. For me I have had Major Depression for as long as I can remember (I am 33 yrs old). I have been on one kind of an antid or another for about
15 yrs. During that time I have gone off my meds and managed to stay off for only about
a year before my depression got bad enuf to have to force me to go back on them. Now I have sadsong's opinion (as she posted here) and know I will be taking them for the rest of my life.
I do think it is important to note though that Depression is a medical illness and a chemical imbalance in the brain. For some people there just isnt anyway for them to control it on their own with the aid of medicaiton.