Of cause you do have a choice, med is just one option out of billions to treat depression. I fighted with my doctor for a while before we came to a an agreement of trying out some AD. I think it really depends on how depressed you are, taking meds could give you a little boost and perhaps a bit more energy to deal with the everyday's, but it could also worsen your condition before you feel any better, if you are put on the wrong AD. It really depends on person to person. You might be lucky to be put on the right meds at the first place and feel the effect quick, but it doesnt happen often. I am on my 3rd combination now, and I have not had any luck so far, and to be honest, my 2nd type got me much worse and I went totally out of control from time to time, now I am on Prozac + Diazepam, and it's slightly better. But to be honest, you have probably heard it many times, but I wouldnt even think about start taking meds unless you absolutely need to, even you doc tells you to, you dont have to listen, try other options before taking it, unless you believe in depression is purely only caused by brain chemcials imbalance, which I personally do not believe in it at all. Dont get me wrong, it could be part of the reason, but surely not fully.