Hello, Purplesky, it's nice to see you posting again on the Depression Forum.
I think Ativan is a relatively short-acting benzodiazepine used for relaxation.
Zoloft is one of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)and, as such, is very effective for many in supplying greater amounts of serotonin to the brain (one of the feel-good neurotransmitters) and probably longer lasting than Ativan.
I would also ask my doctor about one of the newer food meds called L-methylfolate which enhances the ability of the brain to use serotonin supplied by the SSRIs. It would be an additional med to your Zoloft. It's very beneficial for those who do not metabolize folate from folic acid ingested. (It's somewhat complicated, so you would need to go online to Deplin to learn why it benefits the brain.)
Finally, you need to eliminate any form of caffeine from your diet; that also includes theobromine in chocolate--they are harmful to the brain in long-term use. Also remove alcohol in any form if you use it; it also makes depression worse.(See ruthwhalen.com
on the internet.) If you do these things, they have proven to be helpful for many others. (See the Bipolar Forum and read Mogli's post about "Feeling Amazing--It Really Works"--or something similar.) Several people on these forums have made an effort to stop using caffeine and alcohol and found it very helpful.
I wish you success in your effort to curb the effects of depression.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 11/29/2011 10:45:03 PM (GMT-7)