If the problem is clinical or severe, then by all means, get the help you need, even if it means medication and professional therapy. However, the situation described by the OP in the other thread was not a physiological condition, rather, one that was brought about due to unfortunate circumstances. There is a huge difference, and while one may lead to the other, it is not a necessary transition, and it is dangerous to confuse the two. No one needs to educate me on what depression is, I lived it for several years. Depression is a vicious cycle of the truest sort. Its symptoms cause you to make bad decisions which make the symptoms themselves worse. It is the emotional equivalent to cancer. One day I made a drastic change to my life's philosophy, and simply decided not to be depressed anymore. It worked. I'm cured of depression and I can guarantee you that you have never met someone happier, nor who loves life more than I. That's right, I'm not one of those people who learned to "deal" or "cope" with my condition, I basically told my condition to go away, and it did... I win! What pill could have done that for me? Certainly not the ones whose side effects include heightened risk of suicide. Certainly not the ones that were prescribed to all of my depressed family members who became addicts, later moving on to alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Oh, and what therapist would have helped me to see that I don't need therapy?