What Is Zoloft Used For?

Zoloft for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
PMDD is more than just "PMS." Women with PMDD have severe symptoms for a week or two before their periods each month. These PMDD symptoms can interfere with school, work, and relationships. These symptoms can include:
 
  • Mood changes, especially depression or mood swings
  • Anxiety or tension
  • Anger or irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleep changes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Bloating and weight gain.
     
Although the causes of PMDD are not fully understood, it is thought that serotonin may play an important role in PMDD. Studies have shown Zoloft to be effective for PMDD, whether taken every day during your menstrual cycle or taken only during the last two weeks before your period.
 
Zoloft for Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. People with social anxiety disorder have a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions. Their fear may be so severe that it interferes with:
 
  • Social relationships
  • Work or school
  • Other ordinary activities.
     
While many people with social anxiety disorder recognize that their fear of being around people may be excessive or unreasonable, they are unable to overcome it. They often worry for days or weeks in advance of a dreaded situation.
 
Treatment for social anxiety disorders often includes cognitive behavior therapy (a type of short-term therapy) and medications. Zoloft is one of the medications approved to treat social anxiety disorder.
 
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