Congrats on taking charge of your health!
I have not used an anti-depressant, but have gone to counseling in various times of my life (mainly during transitions in my life).
I highly recommend "talk therapy" with a really good therapist that you "connect" with! I found that it helped me get through my sadness and gain a new "outsider's" perspective on my life. I also think that you have to believe in therapy to work; if you're not invested in the talk therapy, it may not work well...it's definitely one of those "you get out of it, what you put into it."
We would love to hear more...do you think talk therapy would work for you?