Fluoxetine was discovered by Eli Lilly and Company in 1972, and it entered medical use in 1986. In 2019, it was the 20th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States with more than 27 million prescriptions!
Recognize that depression is an illness. Just like a cold or flu, a person cannot simply choose to “get over” depression. Also like other illnesses, depression can affect anyone. A person can develop depression even if they seem to have a good life, with little to be upset about.
Symptoms of a depressive episode: depressed mood, sleep difficulties, fatigue nearly every day, loss of interest or pleasure, significant weight change, feelings of worthlessness, diminished concentration, and recurring thoughts of death.