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Depression And Aids

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The Well Project

Women, Depression and HIV/AIDS

...causes or adds to your substance use, ask your health care provider or AIDS service agency for a referral to a mental health provider. Depression Can Cause Serious Problems Studies show that there is a connection between depression and HIV care, treatment, and disease progression. For example, HIV-positive women with chronic (long-lasting) depression go to their medical visits less regularly and are more likely to progress quickly to...
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...etc... So, my question is: Is it dangerous for my diagnostic positive for HIV, the depression? What is the relation between depression and Aids? How depression could affect my viral load and CD4?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...Depression can have adverse effects on the course of a medical condition such as HIV infection. Studies have shown that depressed people Read more »

Depressed AIDS widow

I lost my lover 2 years ago. I have AIDS too and even though the newmedications are working splendidly I really don't feel like surviving. I meanI thought I would just die like my lover. And now having to deal with therealities. Having to look for...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...You sound very depressed. Have you ever consulted with a therapist to haveyour level of depression evaluated and treated? The hopelessness,helplessness and powerlessness you describe are classic symptoms ofdepression which Read more »

depression,AIDS and how to get help

My partner has AIDS (I am negative). He was confirmed with AIDS 7 years ago (though he has never had an opportunistic infection) - just no T-cells. He shows all the signs of depression - it is causing both of us issues. I need to get him help - he...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
You have really allowed yourself to be in a no win situation. It sounds as if you have completely relinguished all of your power to your partner. You need to tell him honestly that you are miserable since he seems so depressed and that you are... Read more »

Advanced AIDS & depression

In AIDS related depression what specifically do you mean when you say "slowed thinking"? Could this apply to cd count of say under 30 and pos for over 20 years?
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...relevant information as efficiently. People with CD4 counts below 200 are at greater risk to develop cognitive impairment due to HIV. However, we do not know the exact mechanism or what other factors may protect some people and make others more... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Group Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Among HIV/AIDS Patients, Uganda Study Says

...People living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda who also have major depression have benefited from group therapy sessions, according to a study conducted by counselors from World Vision and researchers Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS and Depression: Ohio University Tests HIV Phone Therapy

...medicine/gerontology hopes his new study will answer that question. "Telephone-administered psychotherapy has been used before to reduce depression, but it's never been tested with rural people living with HIV who are also diagnosed with... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Depression Common Among Youth in Rwanda Orphaned by AIDS, Genocide, Survey Finds

... Depression is common among teenage and young adult orphans in Rwanda who head households and provide care for younger children, according Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health

Depression and HIV/AIDS

... Introduction Depression Facts HIV/AIDS Facts Get Treatment for Depression More Information About Depression More Information About HIV/AIDS Read more »
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I've had EVERY symptom related to HIV so depressed

Posted by Anonymous, 21 Replies
...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, diarrhea, abnormal abdominal problems, night... 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 »

Sexual Assualt, HIV testing, depression.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...overwhelm me with medical jargon, or give me the lecture's etc, etc). Here's the rub; I've since been treated with clincical depression, severs stress anxiety, etc, etc. As a result my blood pressure has gone through the roof - had some more... 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. Read more »