Zoloft for PTSD
Zoloft® (sertraline hydrochloride) is a prescription medication used to treat a number of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Zoloft works by helping to block the reuptake of a chemical in the brain called serotonin. It is believed that conditions such as PTSD occur when the levels of serotonin in the brain become unbalanced.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a debilitating condition that can develop following a terrifying event. Often, people with PTSD have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal and feel emotionally numb, especially with people they were once close to. PTSD affects about 5.2 million adult Americans, and there is some evidence that susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder may run in families.
Treatment often involves therapy -- several different types are available for people with PTSD. Zoloft is just one of the many medications approved to treat this condition.
(Click Zoloft for a more in-depth look at using Zoloft for PTSD and other conditions. This article offers an overview of how the medication works, describes possible side effects, and explains what to tell your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.)