Asked for male, 42years old from Delhi
If you are serious about not taking medication, you will have to work very hard and it is difficult but not impossible. In that case you will need to go for intense counselling and work out the depression. S/he will guide you to work on several other related issues to help you walk through life and handle every day routines very effectively. If not, you may also consider working with medication and counseling and if you are without depression break down for three years at least, you could be weaned off of the medication! It is not enough to rely only on medication, alone. So consider what I suggest really well. Any which way, you need to do the following: this is the only condition were you are required to literally do the opposite of what you feel like doing. Depression makes you want to withdraw, lie down, sleep, become lethargic, slow down, make you too lazy to even think etc. So when I suggested doing the opposite, you will need to fight this disease. You must become active; stay upright during the daylight time; meet people; never sleep during the day, and wake up by 6 am every day, play some active games, especially contact games, do physical exercises, talk to people and join some social clubs, eat more of proteins and vegetables, attend Yoga classes etc. Watch a lot of sitcoms on TV or comedies and cheer yourself up. Go for excursions in groups, for outings, camps, conferences, and religious conventions. Get a pet dog and spend time training it, exercising it and relating to it. Expose yourself to some sunlight every day, at least 30 minutes but not in the scotching heat. I hope you have someone to love and be loved too. Whatever happens please incorporate these three important adaptations in your life: always be responsible, be respectful, and be functional. If you did these three things lots of things will go well in life. Please pray and have faith in God to alleviate your sufferings too.