Zoloft And Depression?
Taking The Next Step: A Simple Mental Health Quiz Can Help
(ARA) - More than 34 million Americans suffer from depression at some point during their lives, yet only approximately half of them seek treatment for it. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by it each year. Acclaimed actor Lorraine Bracco knows this story all too well as she battled depression for more than a year before doing something about it. Now she speaks out, encouraging others to get help. “I wish I had recognized my symptoms of depression earlier so that I could have done something about it,” says Bracco. “I wasted a year thinking I could get better on my own and I don’t want others to make the same mistake.”
In an effort to reach out to others who may be suffering from depression, Bracco teamed up with Pfizer Inc to help launch the “Why Live with Depression?” campaign, along with the Web site, www.DepressionHelp.com. This educational initiative is designed to encourage people with depression to seek treatment and provide them with information about the disease. Through the campaign Web site, people can learn more about Lorraine’s personal story, begin to find information about depression, and access the Depression Symptoms Checklist -- a simple mental health quiz that people can fill out and take to their doctor to help them talk about their concerns.
Bracco finally decided to see a doctor and was diagnosed with clinical depression after more than a year of thinking she could get better on her own. She was afraid that taking an antidepressant would change her personality and take away the range of emotions crucial to her craft. Instead, Bracco says that it allowed her to take control of her life. Her doctor utilized talk therapy in combination with the antidepressant Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) to treat her depression.
“My advice, if you think you have depression, is to fill out the quiz and go and see your doctor,” says Bracco. “It’s the best decision you’ll ever make.” For more information and to take the Depression Symptoms Checklist quiz, visit www.DepressionHelp.com. Fair Balance Depression is a serious medical condition, which can lead to the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. A combined analysis of studies involving 9 antidepressants showed that in people under 18 this risk was 4% for those taking antidepressants compared to 2% for those taking a sugar pill.
This risk must be balanced with the medical need. Those starting medication should be watched closely for suicidal thoughts, worsening of depression, or unusual changes in behavior. In children and teens, Zoloft is only approved for use in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Patients who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) or pimozide should not take Zoloft. The most common side effects of Zoloft include upset stomach, trouble sleeping, diarrhea, dry mouth, sexual side effects, feeling sleepy or tired, tremor, indigestion, sweating, feeling agitated and having less appetite. For full prescribing information call (800) 6-ZOLOFT or log onto www.zoloft.com. For more information about Zoloft, visit www.pfizer.com or www.zoloft.com.
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