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BiPolar & HIV

Jan 11, 2006

I read so much about depression and HIV, but read little on being Bipolar and HIV positive, to the extent that I'm disabled.

Please tell me what I'm feeling is hard, I walk around ZAPPED, I've developed social anxiety,paranoia,undesirable, stigmatized all three fronts.

How can I ever get my life back, at this point I hardly leave the house as I'm sad,no money in my pockets.

I do have it worse off then someone who suffers depression.

I take more depression medications then I do HIV medications, how sad is that?

Response from Dr. Horwath

Many people have observed an increased incidence of mania among people with HIV infection. This is a serious illness and requires careful monitoring and treatment.

I can imagine that managing your mood disorder and HIV infection is a terrible burden, but it is important to stick with your treatment. The medications available today are very effective at treating mania and depression when they are carefully managed.

Does HIV itself cause depression?
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