People with depression are less likely to report thriving regarding mental well-being 10 years later, but 10% of them do anyway.
Only 21% of people not diagnosed with depression reported thriving regarding their mental well-being, so it’s not like most people are living at that point anyway, for various reasons. Being diagnosed with depression doesn’t automatically make it impossible for you to recover and thrive. It’s just a bit harder.
More importantly, the article below talks about 67% of the people diagnosed with depression reporting no symptoms of it 10 years later.
People do recover from mental health issues. They can get better. It happens. Some even meet the criteria for mental well-being that only 21% of the world meets.