For treating major depressive disorder, physicians frequently turn to prescribing Zoloft for their patients. Zoloft (also known generically as sertraline) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. SSRIs act on the brain to increase levels of serotonin, thereby elevating mood and making the user feel happier and calmer.
In addition to being prescribed for depression, Zoloft is commonly used in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Considered to be physically non-addictive, Zoloft is readily prescribed and available, making it easy to abuse. This happens when the user attempts to achieve a high and takes the drug in ways not originally prescribed. These can include the consumption of larger doses, an increased frequency of dosing, or the modification of the drug to take it via unconventional means (i.e.: crushing then inhaling). As the user attempts to enhance the positive mood achieved from normal use of Zoloft, a psychological dependency can develop, leading ultimately to addiction. Signs of Zoloft addiction include aggression, violence, decreased libido, tremors, insomnia, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, paranoia, psychosis and suicidal thoughts.
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