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Can psycotherapy alone cure anhedonia?

Can psycotherapy alone cure anhedonia?

Depends: Anhedonia means having trouble enjoying life. It may or may not be part of depression. Sometimes anhedonia can easily be treated with therapy. However, if part of a treatment resistant depression, it may also need to be addressed with medication. ...Read more

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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


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Can use of fluoxetine cause anhedonia?

Can use of fluoxetine cause anhedonia?

Yes: Any mental health medication has the potential to cause anhedonia. However, this is usually one of the symptoms alleviated by fluoxetine. ...Read more

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Can the use of fluoxetine cause anhedonia?

Can the use of fluoxetine cause anhedonia?

Possibly: One of the potential side effects caused by flouxetine can be emotional numbing or flattening. In a sense, people may not feel excited about things and potentially this could be interpreted as anhedonia. I have had clients who have complained of this. ...Read more

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I've taken Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 days and i feel my depression worse than ever. I have suicidal ideation, anhedonia. should i continue taking it?

I've taken Prozac (fluoxetine) for 3 days and i feel my depression worse than ever. I have suicidal ideation, anhedonia. should i continue taking it?

Please see doctor: Please see your doctor asap. Please realize medicines that help depression do not work the same as meds, for example, that treat infections. Our brains often take 3-6 weeks to heal from depression IF they are going to respond to the anti-depressant medication. It is not unusual to need med changes if there is no response or they are intolerable. Support and talk therapy are vital as a bridge! ...Read more

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Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Drug interactions: Your symptoms are possibly related to the number and types of medications that you are taking. Please consult your psychiatrist or personal physician for a complete medication review. ...Read more

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If your seratonin low cn it cause u 2 hv band headaches & all kinds of horrible symptoms 2 your body.I use to be on Prozac (fluoxetine) 25 mg & now off of it.

If your seratonin low cn it cause u 2 hv band headaches & all kinds of horrible symptoms 2 your body.I use to be on Prozac (fluoxetine) 25 mg & now off of it.

In roundabout way: If you were on Prozac (fluoxetine) and stopped, it's possible to have some uncomfortable discontinuation symptoms [including headaches] even though Prozac (fluoxetine) is less likely than other ssri's to cause these. Another possibility is that Prozac (fluoxetine) was helping you relax, including the muscles around your scalp & forehead, which can tighten into tension headaches. Serotonin doesn't necessarily need to be "low" for this. ...Read more

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Can I use vitamine B8 ( inositol) as alternative to prozac (fluoxetine) for OCD treatment cause I belive prozac (fluoxetine) has side effects..which I don't like . With thanks?

Consult psychiatrist: Hi there. I am a paychologist, medication is not my specialty. Having worked with many clients with OCD, I would strongly suggest that you consult with a psychiatrist to describe your symptoms, provide a thorough history, and express your concerns. The psychiatrist should be able to guide you. I usually find a combination of therapy and medication works best. ...Read more

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Why does fluoxetine cause diarrhoea ?

Why does fluoxetine cause diarrhoea ?

Luvox (fluvoxamine) effects : Serotonin, which like all of the nerve transmitters in the brain, lines the entire G.I. Track. During fetal development the bottom of the neural crest which becomes the brain heads south and remains connected to the brain both through nerves as well as through nerve transmitters that line the G.I. Track. When people take a medication like luvox, (fluvoxamine) which is an ssri, the excess serotonin stimulation within the G.I. Tract can trigger a diarrhea response. It does this by affecting and binding to serotoninreceptors in the G.I. Tract which can cause subsequent diarrhea. The gut is being increasingly referred to as the third brain and the whole effect of the gut and the bacteria that we have in our intestines is a huge area of research into human well-being and illness at the present time. ...Read more

Lack Of Pleasure (Definition)

Anhedonia, or lack of sense of pleasure often refers to the absence of getting joy or satisfaction out of things or activities most people enjoy. People sometimes describe this as the "blah's". It is commonly associated with depression and can be one of the later symptoms to respond to medication or psychotherapy, but can also be associated with ...Read more


Anhedonia (Definition)

Anhedonia simply means an inability to find pleasure in the activities and hobbies that you used to enjoy. The key difference between anhedonia and a normal lack of interest is that the person experiencing anhedonia previously enjoyed the activities (e.g., sex, reading, sports, socializing, etc.) in which they are no longer interested. It is frequently ...Read more