Are any of these preventing you from seeking help? Especially the idea that mental illness is forever? Many are not. Depression is not a permanent state for most people who have it. I’ve had it. I had to be medicated, and be in therapy, for a number of years because of it. I no longer do either of those things because I’ve learned what I need to do for myself to prevent it from happening. But, if it did come back, I wouldn’t hesitate to get the same help again. Because it’s what I need to do for myself, regardless of what other people may think about depression.