I believe someone has been to a psychologist. What you are talking about are non-organic symptoms of a probably organic condition. HIV damages that part of our brain that controls the processing of multiple inputs, the so called Executive Function. Processing input from crowds of people is one thing the Executive function does.
I am not saying that psychotherapy is not necessary for prople with HIV related cognitive dysfunction as the damage to the brain over years of infection has likely led to some dysfunctional behaviors to compensate for the HIV induced brain damage. However, you should also be under the care of a psychiatrist who can presecribe meds to help overcome the effects of the HIV induced damage.
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