The way you discuss this makes it appear that “depression” and “episodes” are the problem, rather than symptoms of other difficulties. “Depression” is not a scientific entity, it’s a lay-person’s description of a state of the mind at a particular time. “Depression” as described in the DSM can result from early childhood trauma, thyroid dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, a dead-end job, relationship instability, lack of sleep, lack of a sense of purpose, side effects of other drugs, a range of actual physiological illnesses, and more. It is ABSURD to consider “depression” as a unitary “disorder” and try to “treat it” without bothering to discover what is actually going on. Sure, drugs can make anyone feel better, if it’s the right drug at the right time. That’s why people go out drinking after work or smoke some weed when they get home. But no one thinks drinking alcohol is “treatment” for “anxiety disorders”. It’s a drug, plain and simple. Same with SSRIs or any other “medication.” They are drugs, plain and simple. They can’t “treat” depression any more than they could “treat” boredom or excitement or pain or irresponsibility. Depression isn’t a “treatable” entity. It is usually an indication of something else going on, and “treating” it without consideration of the causes is about as smart as “treating” pain without looking for the source of it.