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Dealing With Depression When You Have Hiv

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Depression and HIV

Treatment for Depression Depression can be treated with lifestyle changes, alternative therapies, and/or with medications. Many medications and therapies for depression can interfere with your HIV treatment. Your health care provider can help you select the therapy or combination of therapies most appropriate for you. Do not try to self-medicate with alcohol or illegal drugs as these can increase depression and create additional problems. ...
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Depressed before HIV and Worse now

I have dealt with depression since I was in my early teens...I'm now 42 HIV+ for 3years now and been on HIV meds from the beginning (Combivir and Sustiva). I have been on anti depressants since I was 19 and have switched those meds 4 times...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There clearly is a small subset of patients who have lingering psychological problems with Sustiva. It might be worth discussing with your HIV doc whether a trial on an alternative regimen (such as nevirapine or a boosted or non-boosted PI) for 2-3... Read more »

Mental Health, Depression and HIV

My partner recently has undergone sever depression bouts. His HIV doctor is doing little if nothing to assist us in dealing with this issue and the depression and stress is getting worse by the day. Recent episodes include short term memory loss,...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
You need to bring him to a psychologist or psychiatrist to evaluate him and recommend treatment. It sounds like he has a severe depression and needs treatment immediately.... Read more »

Fatigue, Depression and HIV Drugs

Dear Sir,I have been living with AIDs for 6 years and knowledge of my HIV status for 9 years. I have tried every med on the market for HIV/AIDS and many while still in trials. These days we are in a holding pattern waiting for new and improved...
J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

Response from J. B. Molaghan, N.P., A.C.R.N.

San Francisco General Hospital
HiThanks for including such a complete clinical picture. People like you have to deal with the frustration of having tried all the medications and waiting for new ones to be more effective. The fact that you've successfully survived PCP, MAC... Read more »

Am I depressed? HIV + Since 3/03

I am a 28 year old female, HIV+ since 3/03, who looks perfectly healthy and is on HAART. (Epivir, Viramune, Videx EC) I was a little depressed the first few months and then was able to continue life. The past 8 months has been a struggle for me. I...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Yes, I think it is very likely that you are suffering from depression. The persistent sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, crying, insomnia and withdrawal from social interaction are all signs of depression. There are many excellent medications... Read more »
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Depression and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am currently writing an article for the magazine HIV Plus on depression and am hoping to speak with a few women who are dealing with depression for my story. I know this isn't an easy thing for most people to discuss, but I'm hoping that this... Read more »

HIV and depression

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Been asymptomatic for over 20 years , and living with fear as to when will I finally get sick. Defense mechanism of not disclosing has turned to a life of very limited amount of friends which has resulted in lonliness. I find myself crying for no... Read more »

I've had EVERY symptom related to HIV so depressed

Posted by Anonymous, 21 Replies
Hey guys,

I've had practically every symptom in the past year and I'm hoping to God that it's something else because i'm scared to death to get tested to find out that I'm HIV positive. I've had white tongue, swollen lymph nodes in my throat,... Read more »

Need advice about my HIV+ partner's depression

Posted by wjrmmjr, 4 Replies
My boyfriend is HIV+ and just tried to commit suicide by overdosing..he has been drinking and drugging. He is very depressed about his illness. I am very angry that he won't admit to his addiction and get help..but he says if I leave him he will... Read more »