Mental Health and HIV Infection: Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects

Mental Health and HIV Infection: Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects

Mental Health and HIV Infection: Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects

Mental Health and HIV Infection: Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects

Synopsis

Mental Health Problems and HIV Infection provides an up-to-date overview of the mental health consequences and of the kind of psychological, psychopharmacological and community forms of intervention available to deal with the adverse psychological effects of HIV infection. Divided into three parts, the book examines psychological and brain-related consequences of HIV infection, key areas of intervention, and three areas of controversial debate: euthanasia, psychoimmunology and complementary therapies. Assuming no specialist psychological, psychiatric or medical knowledge, this book is important reading for caregivers and healthcare workers to HIV positive individuals and their families, nurses, psychologists and counsellors.

Excerpt

An understanding of the mental health dimensions of HIV disease is vital to everyone involved in the care and support of people living with HIV and AIDS. Only by understanding the manner in which AIDS impact upon individuals, their friends, lovers and family can we plan the kinds of interventions that are required, and offer the understanding that is needed. In Mental Health and HIV Infection, José Catalán and contributors provide an overview of the major issues and problems that need to be addressed and the kinds of treatment and support that have proved most effective. As the long term prognosis for hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV disease improves, new challenges present themselves, not least those linked to the provision of medium to longer term therapy and care. A range of different therapeutic approaches is discussed and their strengths and weaknesses evaluated. Certain to become a standard reference text for health professionals and for informal sector carers, Mental Health and HIV Infection offers an overview of the key issues that need to be addressed and the most appropriate ways of providing care.

Peter Aggleton

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