Pik - I went through a depression that kept me on Paxil for 8 years. I'm happy to say that it's over . . . but I am constantly on guard for warning signs. I've found that taking sam-E (available over the counter) is just that "little something" I need to keep myself emotionally stable. I stopped taking it a couple of months ago, and found that I just do better with it, so I'm back on it.
The biggest thing that works well for me is to get out and do things. Hubby and I are currently walking 5 miles every day, and I volunteer at our church two days a week. I maintain a "to-do" list, and make sure I complete a minimum of 3 tasks every day. Then I feel like I've accomplished something, and I build on each day's successes.
You'll make it through this.