I have a prescription for Zoloft,,, How do I know ,,If I feel depressed for "chemical reasons..or real life issues??? Im afraid to take it ,,and feel worse!
Don't be afraid, if you need the medicine then try it. You may experience some mild side effects like nausea and drowsiness in the beginning but that passes with continued use. It will take upwards of a month to reach maximum effectiveness too.
To tell the difference from clinical depression and situational depression is difficult. Clinical depression is generally long term and can't be pinned on any particular events like a loss of employment or a death in the family. Sometimes clinical depression involves suicidal ideation. Depression in general can be characterized by insomnia or sleeping too much. Lack of motivation, inability to concentrate and not wanting to participate in life activities. Gone untreated either kind of depression can lead to inability to thrive and it is linked to early onset of dementia.
Whether you have clinical depression or situational depression it needs to be treated. If you have issues in your life, then addressing them with talk therapy is critical. You may find that after dealing with the situations that you no longer need the antidepressant and can taper off it over time.
Are you in any kind of therapy? Do you have stressors in your life that preceded the depression? To read more about the three types of depression try the following link:
Hope this helps,
- Zoloft Information for Consumers
- Zoloft Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Zoloft (detailed)
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