Time doesn't heal unless it does. Give it too much time without proper treatment you could literally lose your mind.
Exactly. Not everyone's depression is purely situational, and not all should try and treat themselves in such a way as it may exacerbate things. Having rock-bottom serotonin levels that lead to suicidal thoughts is VERY different from something like "I'm depressed because I just broke up with my long-term girlfriend" or something of that sort. Trying to skirt around medicinal treatment when things are severe is playing with your health, and shouldn't be treated lightly.
To get rather candid here....
About 14 years ago, I found myself to the point where I was sitting in my room with a loaded pistol in front of me, wondering what was the final straw keeping me from self-termination. I couldn't find a reason to keep going, there wasn't any particular reason that I felt like giving up, that's just the way my mind was working at the time and I couldn't pull out of it. Despite not wanting to go back on medication, I knew that after trying to "fix" things myself without success, it was the best option I had. A few weeks later of being back on anti-depressants, I found myself feeling 70% better, and was able to start getting my life back in the direction it needed to go. If I'd had resisted medicating and had continued to avoid it...well...there's a pretty solid chance I wouldn't be here right now, no joke.
THAT is why I do NOT think it's a responsible approach to insist to people that all depression can be "cured" just by some minor lifestyle changes. For those of us whose brain chemistry sometimes fall so far out of whack that you don't know how to live normally, medication can quite literally save us when things are at their worst. Anyone who thinks that taking something like Prozac, Zoloft or Paxil turns you into a zombie has apparently zero idea how such medications affect people. I do admit, I didn't feel the "highs" as much as I did without the medication, but in order to not feel like taking my own life each day I woke up, I will say it's a fair trade to accept, and not all medications need to be taken for long periods of time. As soon as my situations have gotten under control, I ceased taking what I needed to for that period, and 14 years later I haven't had to consider such an option again.
I know that people want to offer solutions to avoid medicating, and that's fine. But, to assume that medications are an evil that should be avoided at all costs as if they can only make the issue worse, that's a dangerous combiation of ignorance and inability to truly empathize with the severity of another person's unique situation.