|Future orientation, esp. about money
Jan 9, 2006
Three years after my HIV+ diagnosis - though I'm healthier than ever - I'm having trouble maintaining a future orientation about a lot of things, particularly money. I've been spending excessively on clothing and luxury items, and justifying it by thinking I may not be around in a few years anyway. Is this kind of behavior common? Can you provide any thoughts or resources on how to keep this kind of thinking in check? Thank you.
| Response from Dr. Horwath
There really is no reason to think that you face a short life. If you are in treatment and responding well, then you can expect many more years of life. While fears about your future are understandable, spending excessively may be a symptom of a psychiatric problem. You should consult a psychiatrist or psychologist for an evaluation to help determine if this is a symptom that may respond to treatment.
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