Treating depression with anti-depressants is, in my opinion, treating the person from the outside in. It’s like blindfolding someone and hoping they can find their way in the dark… sometimes they can find their way – with bumps and bruises (side effects); and sometimes they can’t (often resulting in more medication, change of medication – in the hope that something works; or upset, frustrated people).
Taking anti-depressants is ‘moving away’ from depression. In life, if we ‘move away’ from something we will see-saw back and forth between being ok and not being ok. The problem never really gets solved, just masked – and it comes and goes.