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Depression related to HIV/AIDS
Nov 30, 1999

Are there a lot of incidence when depression and aids go hand in hand? If so how are you suppose to deal with it and is there treatment?

Response from Mr. Shernoff

Some people of course do become depressed as a result of contracting HIV. Sometimes this is due to the impact of the virus on the brain, and at other times due to the life circumstances of the individual. For many people who have had a serious and many year long depression, HIV just exacerbates the condition. Depression is best treated by a combination of anti-depressant medication prescribed by a skilled psychiatrist in combination with a talking psychotherapy. Some people find their mental state improves as a result of taking anti-viral medication. Michael Shernoff, MSW



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