Mary - Ativan is a benzodiazepine, which means that it is primarily for the treatment of anxiety. However, it also has sleep inducing, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxing properties. It is not an antidepressant.
Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a psychiatrist or medical doctor. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician.