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Am I losing my mind?

Nov 25, 2013

I am a 44 year old male, poz for 13 years. I have successfully been on treatment since 2007and have noticed that in classes at school I get angry when people all talk at the same time. I've never had this problem before and would like to know if this could be related to my HIV or treatment. Please help - I feel like I'm turning into studentziila.

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. Such irritability can occur if it takes an extra effort to concentrate and external stimuli are difficult to manage. This could mean that your emotional resilience is wearing thin due to stress or it could be a sign of a depressed mood. A mental health professional could better evaluate this, taking into account other possible symptoms such as changes in appetite or sleep habits, trouble concentrating, memory issues, etc.

No one wants a "studentzilla" around, especially you! Speak with your doctor about a referral for a mental health assessment.

Take care,


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