Suppressed Depression and Living with HIV
Nov 26, 2013
Nearly 8 years ago to the day, I was diagnosed HIV+. I was a 19-year-old scholarship undergraduate who had a successful life ahead of me.
Despite completing me degree, obtaining a Masters, meeting the love of my life and building a life together,I find myself unable to visualize my future. It is as if the diagnosis eradicated both my ability to celebrate success and to imagine a life much further ahead than the present.
Is this normal? Do I need therapy? Will I regain this ability?
Thank you for your time.
Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thanks for writing. It is not unusual for someone diagnosed with HIV to have a sense of a foreshortened future. This was especially true years ago when such a diagnosis was a death sentence that carried a great deal of certainty.
This is not the case now, nor was it 8 years ago. I would recommend speaking with a psychotherapist who could assist you in working through your fears and, no doubt, discovering and expressing other feelings that may be affecting your beliefs and thoughts. I would also recommend engaging with other people living with HIV through a support group or other activity. They could share their experiences as well as their hope with you.
You have accomplished great things there is no reason why this won't continue.
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