What Advice I Would Give To Another Depressed Person.I would tell them to read up on the illness, and other psychological illnesses, as much as they possibly can. Find out about every possible therapy, medication, and possibly about alternative therapies. Read other people's stories, read medical articles, get as clear of a picture of your illness as you possibly can. Most people have co-illnesses, like bipolar, borderline, ADHD, anorexia, ocd etc etc. Very few people live years with a depression and don't develop other issues.
The next step is to inform as many people as you can; your family, friends, doctor - to reach out for real help, but also for understanding and support. With your doctor - bring up every question and concern you have, ask about different treatments, different doctors. In most cases you will go through a couple of different therapists and try a couple of different meds before you find one that works for you.
Recovery time is unfortunately long, life long for many, and never achieved for some. It takes at least 5 or 6 sessions before a therapist even understands what he/she is dealing with. It takes lots of work on your own part to get better. Some doctors feel confident diagnosing you after spending 20 minutes with you. Your diagnosis is not an absolute truth - only a way for everyone involved to get a picture and send you off in the right direction. Get second opinions, give yourself your own second opinion.
Never lie to the people trying to help you, it will only prolong and damage your own recovery. Don't feel ashamed, as many as 30 percent of the population struggle with illnesses and disorders. Try to do more of what makes you happy, don't listen to family members who try to guilt trip you or invalidate your pain. Take care of your self as much as you can. Try to identify and stay away from people, relationships, substances and situations that are bad for you. Write, sleep, sing, scream, run, paint, sew, hit things, bake, have movie marathons - anything you need to do to escape when things are really bad.