Yeah it's nice to learn from that perspective, but not to live with it every day. It sucks. That's why I recently got on anti depressants, they truly changed my life for the better.
I'm sincerely very happy for you. I have seen people around me reclaim their lives through medication, and it warms my heart to know that they can at least function again.
For a long time I have contemplated antidepressants, but I have decided at this point not to take them (and I would never advocate for people to go down the route I have chosen; because I specifically tailored it for me and what I trust in myself that I know I can handle). Using medication is not weak; it's smart, logical, and medically sound, because clinical depression is entropy of the brain. There is a point at which no amount of self work can help you get through the day.
From my position, I wouldn't say I am "out of depression" (whatever that may mean; it seems like it's been a constant experience of mine since birth haha), but I cannot begin to describe the transformations (for better or worse) I have experienced through it. I'm an incessantly positive person (lols) so that's possibly where my perspective here is oriented; but I am through the mist and over the mountains I guess. It may be a paradox, but whilst my brain may not be predisposed to happiness, I experience happiness on a daily basis through meaning, gratitude and self awareness.
I don't know whether the positives of not taking meds have outweighed the 'negatives' in my experience, but I like where I'm at now. And I am grateful that I can now see my internal strength, and so I let it envelop me on a daily basis. I also like that I have learned to let go.
Perhaps you can do all this even with meds, I don't know. This has just been my experience.