Management of Neuropsychiatric and Psychological Disorders in HIV/AIDS
Practical Guidelines and Strategies
Blanch, Jordi, Cohen, Mary Ann (Eds.)
2015, 100 p.
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Will assist physicians in all aspects of management of HIV+ patients with mental disorders
Offers guidance on psychopharmacological treatment, with attention to drug-drug interactions and side effects that might impact on the HIV illness
Explains the role of psychological intervention
This practical guide will assist physicians in their clinical work with HIV-infected patients. Neuropsychiatric and psychological disturbances are very common in HIV+ patients, and while most mental disorders are not directly life threatening, they may result in poorer adherence to treatment and a worse outcome. All of the major neuropsychiatric syndromes and all aspects of management are covered in this book. Diagnostic difficulties in patients with HIV infection are addressed, and guidance is provided on the recognition and management of medical problems, the use of psychopharmacological treatment, and the role of psychological intervention. Careful attention is paid to the fear of drug-drug interactions and side effects that might worsen the underlying HIV illness. The concluding chapter includes useful scales, links to websites, and algorithms.
The authors are experts in HIV neuropsychiatry and in dealing with HIV-associated psychological disturbances. This book will be valuable for specialists in infectious diseases and internal medicine, mental health providers in HIV clinics, primary care physicians, and general psychiatrists.