Discussion of such a wide-spread problem is, I believe, a good thing. There are MANY resources available for depression and bi-polar disorders, as well as all other mental and physical problems.
THE IMPORTANT THING is to make very sure that the resources you refer to are well known and safe. It can be a devastating outcome, even fatal, to do otherwise.
I also believe, IMHO, that the issue of mental disorders, in particular depression, was brought to our attention in this thread in order for C-L to start an argument with a member who has admitted to living with depression (and I commend that member for being honest about such. Unfortunately such honesty may now bring you unwarranted attacks). I am sure this will be denied as a reason for the original post; but as I said, it is only my opinion.
Here is a good start for getting updated and well-researched information on Depression and Bi-Polar disorders:
Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance:
In particular, please refer to this section:
From this site:
"How does depression differ from bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a treatable medical illness where a person?s mood alternates between the "poles" of depression and mania, a heightened energetic state.
"Herbal or Natural Treatments
Dietary supplements and other alternative treatments that are advertised to have a positive effect on depression regularly enter the marketplace. These alternative treatments include Omega-3, St. John?s wort, SAM-e and others. DBSA does not endorse or discourage the use of these treatments. However, remember that natural is not always synonymous with safe. Different brands of supplements may contain different concentrations of the active substance when processed in different ways and these alternative treatments may have side effects, so read labels carefully and discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
"Recent studies have suggested that herbal treatments, such as St. John?s wort, may interfere with the beneficial effects of some medications. Be sure you tell your doctor about all of the medications or herbal remedies you are taking."