It sure can be done, Dave.
I know because I have had depression off and on in the course of my life. It seems that certain events will trigger it. There were times that counseling helped for me, and I took the initiative to get help. If you have the right counselor it can make all the difference. I have had a few counselors in my lifetime, but they are not all the same. The real good ones are rare and really stand out. My last counselor is one of those people.
However, there were times where I got myself out of my depression all on my own, and that is what I am doing now. It is a process, and it can be very painful to emerge yourself in it to face the pain, but it can be done and you can come out of it if you have the mind focus.
Peace to you, Dave and Gemineye.