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Newly Diagnosed With HIV

Watch for mental conditions that affect your life. Depression, anxiety and other emotional side effects, can be treated.

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HIV/AIDS is frequently accompaid by depression, other mental conditions, and side effects. Each are treatable- even pain.

It is advisable to learn about the signs accompaning each situation. For example, one sign indicating depression is being in a funk for an extended period of time or not being interested in activities you love.. If you get stuck in a down mode:

  • Tell your HIV specialist or your primary care doctor. He or she may prescribe anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications. 
  • Consider seeking professional counseling such as a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist (a psychiatrist who specializes in helping people with life changing conditions), a psychologist or a social worker. Counseling is for anyone who wants to sort out what they're feeling. Counseling is usually done in person. If that is not possible, you can arrange for therapy on the telephone, or even on line. If your insurance doesn't pay for counseling, many therapists work on a sliding scale and charge according to your means. 

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