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A 47-year-old male asked:

my md has prescribed prozac (fluoxetine) for depression, my therapist says to heal naturally, what should i do?

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Listen to MD: Depression is a medical disorder just like any other medical conditions. There is limit to what our body can heal itself, after that limit it needs help; medications and therapy. Similarly there are well designed studies which show that natural healing is not complete in major depression without help of medications and psychotherapies. Read more on this web site www.Nih.Nimh.Gov.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Conjoint discussion: Your therapist and your md (i hope a psychiatrist) need to discuss your situation and come to consensus about your treatment. You, of course, have the choice of whether to take the Prozac (fluoxetine) or not -- but you should not be in the middle of 2 professionals disagreeing about your care. Psychotherapy is an essential part of recovery from depression; meds may still be needed, at least for a time.

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