Does prozac (fluoxetine) really heal the brain in depression or does it just mask depression?

Can really help. Prozac (fluoxetine) acts to help normalize the levels chemicals in the brain that are responsible for mood. It can take 6 months to achieve sustained normal levels, and then tapering can be possible. But some people need it for ever because their brains cannot regulate the levels properly. Sometimes there are other causes of depression. and Prozac (fluoxetine) may help in that case, or it may not work.

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Does prozac (fluoxetine) help heal the brain (like wound healing!!) from depression, or does it only work as a temporary mask? (when prescribed for 6 + months.)

Prozac (fluoxetine) effects. I understand your concern. Prozac is a medication for depression to treat severe symptoms interfering with relationships, work and personal hobbies. It does not heal emotional pain, painful hurt or deep resentment. See Psychiatrist for change in all symptoms of depression in last 6 months, discuss reducing dose of Prozac; Therapy Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi. Read more...

My md has prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression, my therapist says to heal naturally, what should I do?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...