As a family and couples' therapist, I have the opportunity to work with many women who consider themselves depressed. Often these women see this as a purely personal struggle, believing they have a "chemical imbalance". They often feel burdened and alone, and responsible and/or guilty for their depression.
I am stronger today than I have ever been. I'm looking forward and am realistic about the fact that another episode may be lurking around the corner. It doesn't frighten me as I know I have the right support structure in place and stories like the one above to remind me that this too shall pass -- it always does!
You might also want to make a list of the most expensive medications that your family seems to be taking throughout the year and find a cheaper alternative. On the other hand, you just might want to choose a health insurance that covers the medication you need and the pharmacy of your choice during the next open enrollment period, thus, creating better odds than Vegas!
As many people who know me know, I am an advocate for both Western and Eastern/natural medicine or healing applications. I will not tell you to stop taking your medication. I will tell you that there are tools and prescriptions available to you that have no side effects that allow you to get you off your medications or at the very least, lower the dosages.