some things that can help - exercise, getting outdoors for at least a few minutes each day, making time to do something you really enjoy every day even if it's only for a little bit (read, paint, listen to music, etc). also it's really really important to get enough sleep. aim for 6-8 hours a night. also try to eat healthy, and maybe try keeping a journal filled with things that make you happy and that you are grateful for in your life. fill it w/ lists, pictures, quotes, lyrics, and when you're feeling depressed you can read it to remind yourself of the good things. some people do need medicine to combat depression though, so if you're really having a hard time and your doctor recommends it, may be worth a shot.