Not sure if this is the best place to post this, but thought maybe there would be more experience with this here and didn't see a mental health area. Basically I'm looking to hear about other people's experience with going on meds for depression. Based on studies I've read, I was really hoping regular exercise, good sleep, healthy diet and talk therapy would work to help me feel happier, have some motivation, find hope and enjoy life, but seems like it's not. My concerns about meds are side effects and how long it may take to get the right one/dosage to bring me up, but not too high. I also wonder if I've been down for so long that it's part of my identity and I'd feel fake being happier. How messed up is that? Like I wouldn't feel like me. I can barely remember when I was happy and what I was like then. Was that just a fake happiness I performed as expected to fit in and as I got older I got tired of faking it and gradually stopped? I dunno, just thought I'd ask what experiences you've had and if you had similar concerns and how they turned out. Thanks!