Mine is a chronic illness that hasn't responded to therapy. I am not mentally ill, my "depression" is due to my illness. Let the illness go away and I would be remarkable undepressed. It angers me when I read the pablum of the therapeutic community, with their recommendations of "counseling" and their many, many drugs. They hide their self-interest behind a veneer of "caring" and "compassion."
How many years should one suffer before giving themselves relief? Suicide is no worse than going to the cabinet to get an aspirin.