Will depression just go away on its own if I wait long enough?

Depressive episodes usually go away within six to twelve months, although some depressive episodes last longer, and some never go away. The longer the episode lasts, the more of your brain cells are damaged and killed. Even if the episode goes away on its own, six to twelve months is plenty of time to be fired from your job, lose your house, alienate your friends and family, suffer accidents and injuries, and do and say other things that can have a horrible impact on your life. If the episode lasts too long unchecked, you may pile up bills from doctors’ visits and hospital stays that you will be paying back for years. If you suspect you have unipolar major depression, it’s important to seek help before the symptoms of the disease start to affect your future.