Some depression is situational, brought on by events such as loss or excessive stress. Short-term use of antidepressants can be very helpful in getting through these events. Symptoms of depression can include trouble sleeping, change in eating habits – either not eating or eating too much, and sometimes friends and family might note a change in your behavior. Antidepressants are not the only option. If your preference is to avoid pills, you should talk to your physician about alternatives.