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A University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), researcher calls for aggressive treatment of HIV-related mood disorders.
HIV infection is often accompanied by mood disorders, depression and mania. These symptoms often are seen by clinicians as understandable reactions to the future and not requiring treatment. In the July 1993 issue of Focus: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, John Baker, M.D., makes a case for aggressive treatment of HIV-related mood disorders with drug intervention and psychotherapy.
Mood disorders related to HIV disease develop in a variety of ways, Baker noted. First, HIV infection can lead directly to depression; for …