Nov 302010

Because of the increasing count of people suffering from major depression,

there are already a lot of anti depressant drugs available in the market. These drugs are further subdivided into different classifications such as MAOIs or Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors and SSRIs or Selective Serotonin reuptake Inhibitors. These subtypes are kinds of anti depressants; however, they still differ in more ways than one. Examples of SSRI include Zoloft and Lexapro. These two drugs do have similar purposes and mode of action; however, they also possess some distinct dissimilarity. So, what is the difference between Zoloft and Lexapro?

First of all, Zoloft and Lexapro works by utilizing more of the neurotransmitter called serotonin. This serotonin is sometimes referred to as “happy hormone”, which is evidently lacking among depressed individuals.

Even though both drugs do have common purposes, their indications are somewhat different. In order to make things clear, Lexapro is designed to treat major depression and generalized anxiety in both adults and children. Zoloft, on the other hand, is only prescribed to adult patients; however, it is prescribed more in treating the generalized signs and symptoms of depression. Both of these drugs are already proven effective; nevertheless, its efficiency still depends on how each individual reacts to these drugs. It is also expected that these drugs will take effect after 4 weeks of treatment. Because of this, a lot of people misinterpret these medications as ineffective, which is not true at all.

In terms of side effects, both of these SSRI medications do possess similar reactions to the body such as diarrhea and other gastric disturbances. They are also known to affect normal sexual functioning in men such as erection and ejaculation. Changes in the body weight are seen only in Lexapro, which is why more people have claimed that Zoloft’s side effects are milder or more tolerable as to compare to the side effects of Lexapro.

Since Zoloft is designed for adult use only, giving of this drug to children should be avoided. Thoughts of suicidal are expected in anti depressants drugs that is why supervision and guidance during the course of treatment is recommended.

Knowing the smallest differences between Zoloft and Lexapro can be very useful in administering these drugs. Anti depressants are known to be very potent substances, and should be taken only with the doctor’s prescription. As we know, maintaining health will always involve some certain risks.

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Jul 042010

In the past ten months, the staff and myself have had the honor of working with this client on levels of personal, psychological, mental and emotional dynamics.  Often times, we’ve experienced the arduous tasks of crisis management, addiction intervention and mental breakdowns with Mr. Anonymous.  In the fields of addiction, psychology and psychiatry, this is referred to as Co-Occurring Disorders.  When an individual is experiencing the burdens of functioning a healthy lifestyle with Co-Occurring Disorders, a system of monitoring by professionals must be set in place until the individual is psychologically stabilized and cognitively functioning in manner that is safe and productive.  Anonymous client’s history of Co-Occurring Disorders is very extensive and according to key members of the client’s family, this is has been challenging since Anonymous client’s childhood.

Even though, the guidelines of Mr.

Client’s trust is designed to transcend funding towards future generations, it is unreasonable to expect Mr. Client to be responsible for offspring, future generations or even to develop a healthy relationship with a woman to bear children.  The main focus with the Client’s family ought to be with the welfare of the client!  I’m sure the Client’s father would have agreed with this advice.  After all, the family’s legacy is directly related to addressing Anonymous Client’s Co-Occurring Disorders.

After reviewing all the reports from the treatment professionals concerning the client, we strongly suggest pursuing an appointed companion that will oversee the client’s day-to-day affairs and responsibilities.  The appointed companion will be responsible for the client’s doctor visits, physical well-being, life skills development, personal finances, social etiquette and career management.

 The sober living staff and management is certainly prepared to addressed the needs for the client under the direction of the family.

Letter from a case manager to a family