I don't think taking drugs is something you'll have to keep doing forever. To be honest, although I feel that people CAN fix depression naturally or "on their own," the truth of the matter is.. due to the nature of depression.. how it makes you not want to do anything, and unable to enjoy anything, it's IMPOSSIBLE to fix it on your own without a push or some sort of help.
See your depression as being a disabling problem. That's what it is.
Now see the meds as being temporary; Crutches. You take them for a year or two, and during that time you realize how silly the whole depression thing is, and you "Fix up" your life.. and then you can slowly ween off them until you're stable enough to lead a "normal life" without them.
I find it funny how people refuse to take drugs because they feel they can fix depression their own. The silly thing is, I know they can fix it on their own. They also know HOW.. but at the same time we all know that when we're depressed, we can't do anything.. so why would we even make an effort to fix the problem? We won't.
I didn't. I was depressed for 10 years and literally just didn't do anything. Slept all day. Wasted my life. I knew 100% how to fix the depression, but I just didn't want to. Exercise? Socialize? Diets? A job? Friends? Yeah, they all work, but they're also impossible when you're depressed. Now I don't mind drugs. I love drugs. They fixed my life.
I went from 20K debt, low GPA, sleeping-all-day to 60K a year job that I LOVE, a new enthusiasm for math and my other classes, and new experiences everyday. I go places, I meet people, I do stuff that I would have normally said were "corny" when I was depressed. Drugs are great. I'll switch drugs every year or so, maybe, but I don't really want to get off them anytime soon. I will in a decade or so.. but for now I'll just enjoy my life.