Depression and anxiety take their toll on a person, especially if they have yet to find the right medication for their specific needs. Arbor Wellness treats these and other mental health disorders and performs an assessment to see if using prescription medication can help alleviate a person’s symptoms. Zoloft has become a popular choice for many people who want to improve their mental health because of the relief it can provide. We offer access to this important medication and monitor each person’s results when using it.

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What is Zoloft?

Zoloft is the brand name for the generic drug called Sertraline. It is in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are anti-depressants. Zoloft is available by prescription only and should be taken according to directions under the supervision of a physician or mental health counselor. 

How Does Zoloft Work?

The brain naturally produces a chemical called serotonin that produces feelings of happiness, joy, and contentment in a person. Sometimes the production is compromised and using an SSRI drug like Zoloft helps correct the problem. Zoloft prevents the reabsorption of serotonin, which increases the amount produced in the brain. As a result, the person feels relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. 

What is Zoloft Used For?

Zoloft is used to treat a variety of mental illnesses. It is most commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety, but can also be helpful in controlling the symptoms of social anxiety disorder, panic attacks,  obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

How Does Zoloft Help Anxiety?

People who suffer from pronounced anxiety benefit from how Zoloft increases the amount of serotonin produced in their brain. The production causes them to feel a sense of calmness rather than constant anxiety or a tendency to feel panicky. Consistent usage of Zoloft helps people feel relaxed and calm more often, which in turn helps them have less of a tendency to be anxious because anxiety is no longer a common state of being. The result can be an easier time working in therapy to resolve issues that contribute to feeling anxiety.

How Does Zoloft Help Depression?

Similar to how it helps anxiety, the increased production of serotonin helps soothe symptoms of depression. When taking Zoloft consistently, the person begins to enjoy a more even keel to their emotions, including hope, contentment, and happiness. This new state of emotional wellness can help the person feel better prepared to work on issues discussed during their therapy that contributed to developing depression.

Lexapro vs Zoloft

Like Zoloft, Lexapro is an SSRI, and both medications have similar qualities. The main difference is that Lexapro is prescribed only to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder, while Zoloft can help alleviate symptoms of several other mental health disorders.

Prozac vs Zoloft

Prozac is also an SSRI and has similar qualities to Zoloft. The main difference is that Zoloft proves more effective for many people when used to treat social anxiety disorder and PTSD. Conversely, Prozac is sometimes more effective when used to treat generalized anxiety disorder.

Zoloft Side Effects

Like many medications, Zoloft can cause side effects in a person. Many are temporary, and all side effects experienced should be discussed with the prescribing physician. Common side effects include:


  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Headache
  • Decrease in sex drive
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Drowsiness
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Feeling agitated or moody


While rare, some people may feel their depression or anxiety worsening or begin to have suicidal thoughts. If this happens, the person should immediately contact their doctor or therapist.

How Long Does It Take for Zoloft to Work?

Everyone reacts to taking Zoloft in their own way, which means how long it takes for it to work varies. Many people feel an improvement in their symptoms in one to two weeks. It often takes four to six weeks, or sometimes a bit longer, to feel the full effects of Zoloft.

Is Zoloft Addictive?

Zoloft addiction is not common, in great part due to the fact that it does not get a person high. However, someone can develop a psychological reliance on it. When this happens, they often feel they cannot cope with life without using the drug. This often leads to taking a higher dosage than prescribed, which is a sign of addiction.

How Do I Know I Need Zoloft?

If someone struggles with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Zoloft may be the right medication for them. The first step is to seek an evaluation from a doctor or mental health counselor to discuss the person’s symptoms and diagnosis. A discussion can be had about what medications may be the right fit, including Zoloft.

Treatment We Provide

Arbor Wellness provides a well-rounded range of options for the treatment of mental illnesses. We offer residential treatment, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. We provide treatment for many mental health disorders, including those targeted by using Zoloft. Arbor Wellness employs a staff of highly trained mental health experts who lead our clients in several types of therapy that minimize or eliminate their symptoms of poor mental health. We provide a thorough initial assessment of each person to determine their exact diagnosis, create a menu of therapies for them, and discuss options for prescription medications.

Get Help For Depression and Anxiety Today in Nashville, TN

Have you struggled with depression or anxiety and have not been able to find a way to manage your symptoms? Arbor Wellness provides structured care provided by a staff of experienced and compassionate therapists who understand how difficult it is to live with untreated depression or anxiety. We design a plan of therapy sessions specific to your needs to help you feel better emotionally and physically. In addition, we provide access to helpful prescription medications like Zoloft to help control and even eliminate many symptoms of mental health disorders.

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