US Hispanics form the largest minority group in the country. Studies reveal that they face inconsistencies in the recognition and treatment of major depression (Roberto et al., 2005). Severe depression is the mental problem that is commonly diagnosed by primary care physicians. Moreover, the risk of severe depression is high among US-born Mexican Americans (Ring & Marquis, 1991). However, further studies indicate that Mexican immigrants have a significantly lower rate of severe depression compared to US-born Mexican Americans. The reason for this observation is that the immigrants experience less deprivation than US-born Hispanics. Likewise, according to Burnam, Hough, Escobar et al. (1987), they maintain a stronger family alignment which protects them from depression. This paper considers the case of a 32-year-old Hispanic American male who with severe depression and the treatment options available. The decision alternatives are considered to select the best option with the least exposure.
Begin Zoloft 25 mg orally daily
Reason for Selection
Zoloft and Prozac are some of the most powerful prescriptions utilized to treat depression and other mental issues (Montgomery & Asberg, 1979). Zoloft is sertraline hydrochloride and is a good recommendation since it is linked with improving sleep, energy, and appetite (Stahl, 2014b). The 32-year-old Hispanic American male in this case suffers from insomnia, has lost interest in physical activities leading to gaining weight, avoiding socializing with others, and back pains. Zoloft also can aid with losing weight which this client also required having gained 15 pounds in the last 2 months. Prozac is attributed to many severe side effects hence Zoloft was the best option for this client.