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J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D.

Latest by J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D.

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Depression

10 Things You Can Do to Enhance Your Emotional Well-Being

Build a strong, supportive, trusting relationship with an HIV/AIDS doctor. You should be able to freely discuss everything and anything and, if needed, to challenge your doctor's advice.

Develop consistent contact with a health care case manager w...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Death & Mourning

After a Suicide

Recently a close gay male friend committed suicide. He was HIV-positive for almost 10 years and on medication. Everyone I have spoken to about his death thinks it was because he was HIV-positive, but I don't. I think it was something else. He had j...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Depression

December Depression

I'm a 55-year-old, recovering alcoholic, HIV-positive single gay male. Over the last 20 years I've lost many close friends due to AIDS and I have not been able to regain the kind of social life I once had. I have no family; they rejected me due to ...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Coping

HIV Hypochondria "Am I going crazy or am I really getting sick?"

HIV HypochondriaI tested HIV-positive one year ago. My problem is that I feel very tired and stressed out and I think every minute, "O.K. this is it, I now have AIDS!" I go to the doctor all the time and the appointments always end in the same way. T...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Coping

Subway Stress: I Can't Stand Rush Hour!

Subway Stress

I am an HIV-positive New Yorker and I find myself getting angry everyday as I wait to board a crowded subway car. My mind is focused on how much I can't stand rush hour.

When I finally push through the packed car and stand with wall-t...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Coping

Older, Yes ... but Wiser?

"I didn't expect to grow old. I really thought I'd be dead by now."

"I'm still here and actually growing old! I'm a gay male living with HIV for the last 20 years. I just celebrated my 50th birthday by myself holding a mirror, drinking some cheap ...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive
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Coping

Pitfalls of the "Sick Role"

I'm on the road to recovery, but I still want the attention I received from being sick.

This confession, made by a client in total candor, has always remained with me. It is honest and straight to the point. We all want attention, or love, or at th...

By J. Buzz von Ornsteiner, Ph.D. for Body Positive