As far as I am concerned, the most critical component of achieving wellness is wanting it. But wanting something to me means that I will do anything possible to achieve it. And what that means is that I have been willing to change my lifestyle and certain behavioral patterns.
When I talk with people who remain sick and are making no progress, I always feel like asking, "What are you doing besides taking medication?" What behavioral patterns have you changed? Have you figured out what triggers your depressions? What steps have you taken to change the way you respond to those triggers?
Are you exercising on a daily/weekly basis? What about diet and nutrition? What do you do for stress reduction and relaxation? What hobbies are you pursuing? Are you talking with a counselor?
Do you know what your life's mission is? What steps are you taking in that direction? If you don't know, what are you doing to find out?
Wellness doesn't occur in a vacuum. Whether you believe that bipolarity and/or clinical depression is a biochemical condition--or not--the only way to achieve wellness is to be willing to ask the difficult questions, and live a life that matters.