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HIV, mental health and emotional wellbeing

Michael Carter

This booklet provides information on emotional wellbeing and mental health for people with HIV. Emotional difficulties and problems with mental health can affect anybody (research suggests one in every four people in the UK will experience some sort of mental health problem at some point), but living with a long-term illness like HIV can mean that you are more likely to encounter them. There is a lot of help available if you do experience such problems. Treatment for depression, anxiety and many other mental health problems can be very effective.

  • Emotional wellbeing, mental health and HIV

    Emotional wellbeing and mental health are important for everyone....

  • Emotional wellbeing

    Particular events such as receiving an HIV diagnosis, bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship, financial worries, or dealing with starting HIV treatment or its side-effects,...

  • Mental health

    Mental health problems can affect anybody, but it seems that people with HIV may be more likely than the general population to experience them....

  • Professional support

    Everybody will have their own way of dealing with their emotional and mental health needs. However, just as people develop physical illness and need to see a...

  • Mental health problems

    Life involves emotional stresses and strains. Being diagnosed with HIV, and living with it, will at times cause such stresses, and some aspects of your life will...

  • Treatments for mental health problems

    People with HIV may also experience other mental health problems unrelated to their HIV diagnosis, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar...

  • HIV treatment side-effects and mental health

    Some anti-HIV drugs can affect your emotional and mental health. Most notably, the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the combination pill, Atripla) has...

  • Looking after your emotional and mental health

    There is a lot you can do to look after your own emotional wellbeing and mental health. ...

  • Supporting somebody with emotional or mental health problems

    Family members, partners and friends can be a very valuable source of support for people experiencing mental health problems. ...

  • Where to go for emotional and mental health advice and support

    A good place to start would be your HIV clinic. Your HIV doctor should take your mental health as seriously as your physical health. Many of the...

  • Summary

    Emotional and mental health are important issues for people with HIV. People with HIV seem to be more likely to experience a range of emotional and mental...

HIV, mental health and emotional wellbeing

Published June 2010

Last reviewed June 2010

Next review December 2013

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