long time survivor still fearing the worst
Apr 8, 2004
Dr Horwath, I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1992, the Dr said I might have been infected as long as 10 years already.I can't say my life has been a terrible one but preparing to die seem so much easier than just waiting for the worst, not dying but being terribly sick.I live in constant pain,neuropathy on both feet since 1994 and nothing has helped,not even pain killers.And then there's the fatigue. I'm manic depressive and currently under treatment but I feel terribly sad and letargic all the time.Gained weight and have a terrible time finding anything or anyone enjoyable anymore.Am I the only person feeling this way and why do I feel so guilty that I should be enjoying life but I can't?
Response from Dr. Horwath
The feelings you describe - feeling sad, lethargic, not finding anything or anyone enjoyable, fatigue, guilt - are symptoms of depression. Although you are in treatment for manic depressive illness, you still have symptoms of depression. Go to your psychiatrist and get additional help with your depression. This type of depression is treatable, and you should not have to suffer needlessly in this way.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.