HIV disease presents considerable challenges that can affect adjustment and health-related behaviors. This article provides an overview of clinical considerations in the treatment of comorbid psychiatric disorders and problems in adjustment in HIV patients. First, the research literature is reviewed with respect to biomedical, intrapersonal, and psychosocial factors associated with HIV-related psychological adjustment and psychiatric complications. Next, a brief description is presented regarding prevalence and types of co-occurring psychiatric disorders seen in HIV patients. The article concludes with a discussion of clinical assessment and treatment considerations for psychiatric clinicians who work with HIV patients.
Psychiatric Quarterly – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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