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Mental Health 101: Management of Depression in an HIV-Infected Patient

Selection of a First Line Antidepressant MedicationClick to enlargeIDCR-o-Gram: HIV and Major DepressionClick to enlarge

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Case Studies: Mental Health Case Series

Case #1: Management of Depression in the HIV-Infected Patient

A 46 year-old African-American male co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) presents for his routine medical appointment. Incarcerated for the past three years, he often reports ...

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Incarcerated People

Depression in the HIV-Infected Inmate

Introduction

Mental illness is common among HIV-infected individuals. Outpatient studies of un-incarcerated HIV-infected patients reveal a prevalence as high as 54% for Axis I psychiatric disorders (major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia ...

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Women

Chronically Depressed Women With HIV Almost Twice as Likely as Others to Die From AIDS-Related Causes

A study of 1,716 HIV-positive women who were given blood tests and interviews twice a year for seven years from 1994 through 2001 found that those who met research criteria for chronic depressive symptoms were 2.2 times as likely to die of AIDS-relat...

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Women

Treating Depression Increases Likelihood of HAART Use

Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic, depression has been associated with poorer outcomes in people living with HIV (PLWH). In the pre-HAART era, PLWH with depression experienced a more rapid decline in their CD4+ cell count,1 while in the HAAR...

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People Who Use Drugs

Depression, Substance Use Considerably More Prevalent Among HIV-Infected Patients

Researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, found a 57.3 percent prevalence of depression among HIV-infected patients and a 69.8 percent prevalence of depression among patients coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV). Psychiatric d...

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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in HIV-Infected People

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 10% of American adults, or nineteen million people over the age of eighteen, suffers from some sort of depression every y...

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Uganda

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 from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, the...

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Overcoming Depression

What Is Depression? Risk Factors Prevalence of Depression in HIV Disease Screening for Depression Diagnosing Depression Treatment for Depression Medications Summary Selected Sources

Depression is one of the most prevalent and under...

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Older Adults (Ages 50+)

Older People With HIV Benefit From Telephone Support Groups

The U.S. AIDS population is aging, and a gap in care that meets older HIV-positive adults' needs often means those over 50 are going without valuable support and coping skills. But Project Empower, a study conducted by Ohio University health psycholo...