Hi, there. What are you taking and how long have you been on it? Some medications can take up to six weeks to work adequately; sometimes, they don't work at all and then your doctor would probably have you try something else. Definitely, do talk to your doctor about this if you've been on it for some time and you're not feeling any better. Also, it's possible that no medication is going to eliminate every symptom and you might need therapy to be able to cope with things that may be going on in your life.
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First of all there is chemical depression and situational depression. You can have one or the other or both. Meds do not help situational depression at all. The only things that I know of that helps are Therapy (Group and/or Individual) or at least talking with someone about your "challenges". I have BOTH chemical depression and situational depression. The meds help a lot, but no matter what meds I am taking when bad things happen to me (I have many physical medical problems, financial problems, and relationship problems) I still get sad and cry.
You know something? I have been asking myself the same question. I do go through periods of time when I am not depressed, but then it comes raging back. And after a while, it goes away again. And comes back. And all the while, I am taking the same medications. But I have found that if I don't take the meds at all, things get much worse for a much longer period of time.
It took me a long, long time and many med trials before I found something that worked pretty well. Sometimes, like Judy said, the meds aren't enough - you may need an adjunct therapy. I tried ECT and know it has helped many people. I don't know how many medications you have tried. My doctor told me I was "medication-resistant" or "treatment-resistant." So I always have to be on the lookout for signs that depression is coming again. It usually happens because of extra stress. So when I feel I may be getting depressed, I try to make my life as stress-free as possible. I cut down on family drama. I take more walks in the park. I don't take on any new projects. I indulge myself a little (ice cream, marathon sessions of "24", turning off my cell phone for a few hours, etc.) Anything that helps.
I know you WANT to feel better. You WANT to have a more enjoyable life. Those are two things that will eventually help you get better.
I tried ECT and it TOTALLY DESTROYED ME. Please be very careful of suggesting that alternative.