Jan 18, 2006
My daughter has been positive for thirteen years and is responding to treatment well she is 37 lately though she is diplaying erratic behaviour and mood swings she has also been a cannibus user on and off for some years could this be related to one or the other or both
Response from Dr. Horwath
Mood swings can occur in anyone, and the onset of depression or other types of mood changes is fairly common in a 37 year old woman. About 15% of women experience a significant depression in the course of their lives. Cannabis use can contribute to mood changes as well, if it is used heavily. Heavy users sometimes develop apathy and loss of interest that might look like depression.
HIV is also associated with a higher incidence of mania, which is a type of mood swing in which a person becomes more energetic, talkative, and may have erratic, impulsive behavior and impaired judgment.
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