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BrokenWingedBird
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Re: HIV and the brain - update
      01/04/09 07:10 AM

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I believe someone has been to a psychologist. What you are talking about are non-organic symptoms of a probably organic condition.




Hi Scot.

Happy New Year to you. May "Tofranil" keep doing the trick for YOU.

No, I haven't been to a psychologist. Rather, I have a strong medical and psychological background. If you have another look at my posts, you should see that I am talking about a degree of physical mental deterioration that set in about the time when my CD4 count dropped to 200 and which has not departed - despite ARVs getting my count up to a steady 500 with an undetectable virus load.

I believe that people with HIV and this physical mental deterioration we are talking about have two ways of dealing with it: 1. taking drugs which mask the effects of the deterioration, and/or 2. dealing with the situation mentally. Many people, not knowing much about mentally managing themselves, may benefit by acquiring some psychological tools, either from a psychotherapist or from a good self-help book - of which there are many.

My specialist has recommended I take an anti-depressant. However, I have lived through other peoples' experiences of trying different anti-depressants and I don't wish to play the same roulette they have had to - although, in the end, they have each found an effective anti-depressant without bad side-effects. Additionally, for as long as I am able I wish to minmise the amount of toxic drugs I feed into my body. The three ARVs plus occasional sleeping tablets, immodium, and paracetamol is already an unnatural load. Finally, as I say, I know that I am currently able to mentally manage my state of mind - it just takes more discipline, greater will power, and a more bravery on my part than it took before this wretched hi-jacker virus came along and locked itself up in my system!


BWB.


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Without a dream, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Keep hold of your dreams.

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* HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles 12/13/08 08:59 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   01/25/09 09:06 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/26/09 10:18 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update DOFORYOU   01/19/09 06:54 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott BrokenWingedBird   01/20/09 06:56 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott DOFORYOU   01/21/09 01:55 PM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott ScotCharles   01/26/09 10:23 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott BrokenWingedBird   01/25/09 08:58 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott DOFORYOU   01/30/09 07:17 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott BrokenWingedBird   02/06/09 06:59 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott DOFORYOU   02/07/09 10:12 AM
. * Re: your special supplement for Scott BrokenWingedBird   01/30/09 09:50 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update JerryMc   12/22/08 08:45 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update seanboi   12/22/08 04:20 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update Btony   12/14/08 08:17 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   12/13/08 10:04 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update Btony   12/14/08 08:22 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   12/15/08 04:42 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/03/09 11:11 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   01/04/09 07:10 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/09/09 09:25 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   01/11/09 06:39 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/12/09 10:32 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update sick_of_fuckwits   01/26/09 10:11 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update Jbeil111969   12/24/08 07:08 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/13/09 08:44 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/11/09 03:35 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   12/25/08 05:51 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/03/09 11:17 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update AIDS2HIV   12/17/08 08:27 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   12/18/08 06:09 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update sick_of_fuckwits   01/27/09 06:20 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   01/27/09 01:47 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update sick_of_fuckwits   01/27/09 02:19 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update BrokenWingedBird   01/28/09 05:16 AM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update cunta_stalwart   01/28/09 05:44 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update sick_of_fuckwits   01/28/09 05:49 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update cunta_stalwart   01/28/09 06:01 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update sick_of_fuckwits   01/28/09 06:15 PM
. * Re: HIV and the brain - update ScotCharles   01/28/09 12:56 PM
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