My friends and I came to the conclusion that we were not really depressed to seek medical help. We assumed it was the age factor that made us feel blue and decided to take action. When we met we found out that wed fallen into our monotonous routine.
One was a homemaker. Having married right after college, her son was away studying in a different city. With her husband being busy, she got addicted to the television. She got her cable connection removed and was initiated into art shows, documentary screenings and public lectures by another friend. Now if she starts feeling blue, she goes to the library or museum. Another friend has started bird watching with her husband. Though reluctant in the beginning, he took her just to have peace at home. Now her husband is the one who pulls her along for birding trips.
Our friend in Delhi has started volunteering for NGOs during weekends. Another homemaker friend has started helping her husband in his business, much to his happiness. As for me, I have taken up online volunteering with the UN Volunteering group.
Moral : Take up a hobby or voluntary work, besides your work, that satisfies your soul.