Most common symptoms of depression include: loss of appetite, overeating, weight loss or fast weight gain, difficulty concentrating, intense feelings of sadness that persist for more days; in the most extreme cases - thoughts of suicide.
If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you must seek medical attention.
Most forms of depression are treatable, and patients who seek treatment and continue to follow their doctor's advice often go on to live happy and productive lives.
In the analysis of 12 most popular drugs for depression, two came out on top as the most effective and best tolerated as first-line treatments: Zoloft (sertraline) and Lexapro (escitalopram). Venlafaxine (Effexor), Celexa (Citalopram) and Valium rounded out the top five for effectiveness, but Venlafaxine was also among the four drugs patients were most likely to quit taking because of side effects. Reboxetine (Edronax) was less effective than the rest.
Zoloft (sertraline) in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. It is used to treat depression, social anxiety disorder,
severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has also been used to treat decreased sexual ability (premature ejaculation) in males.
The biggest benefit of treatment with Zoloft is that it is NON-habit forming and does not cause weight gain.
Treatment with Zoloft has shown great promise in the treatment of clinical depression and a wide variety of other mental health disorders. When taken as prescribed by a physician and used in conjunction with psychotherapy and behavior modification, Zoloft has shown to dramatically improve the symptoms of depression and other forms of anxiety and stress related disorders.
Prior to treatment with anti-depressants, it is necessary to visit a physician for a consultation to determine if a regimen of anti-depressants is necessary.