I think everyone is different. Some people are more capable than others to deal with the symptoms of depression.
Some people can see the light at the end of it all, and some people are so deep into it, they just can't see a way out and it gets the best of them. Some people don't have the energy to keep trying and pushing on their own and need medication to help with that. I'm sure some people depend on the medication to solve their problems, and in that case, I think they need a bit of an eye opener.
So, to each their own. If you think you can do it without medication do it. If you think you can't try and see if you can. If you really can't, I mean REALLY can't.. Then maybe medication is a good option.
When dealing with depression or anxiety of any sort you fall off the wagon a lot
.. It feels like shit but you need to keep picking yourself up and trying to move forward. Taking medication might help make falling not hurt so much, but you still need to resolve the issues you have - which cause the depression.
Soooo I would personally suggest that people give a good, honest try before resorting to medication. It's hard to muster that up though.. So.. Yea. Do what you gotta do.
I don't know how deeply depressed some people are, and it might be unfair for me to say this, but I think when people work on getting over their problems without medication - it makes them a stronger person.. Your body and mind adapts. One thing about life is that we're here to learn, at least imo.. And one thing to learn about is yourself and how to deal with yourself..
Anyway. Some people might rely too heavily, but I don't think that generally.. I would just prefer people did not resort to medication so often.