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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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  • About this book

  • 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.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » AIDS - Drug-Drug interactions - HIV - HIV+ - Psychopharmacological Treatment - Psychopharmacology

Related subjects » Internal Medicine - Medicine - Psychiatry

Table of contents 

Introduction.- Main neuropsychiatric syndromes: Anxiety.- Depression.- Suicide.- Manic syndrome.- Psychotic syndrome.- Neurocognitive impairment.- Confusional state / delirium.- Sleep disturbances.- Medical problems associated to HIV infection with psychological disturbances: Adjustment disorders.- Sexual dysfunction.- Fatigue.- Pain.- Side-effects of medical treatments.- Psychopharmacological treatment: Antidepressants.- Antipsychotics.- Stimulants.- Mood stabilizers.- Alternative treatments.- Psychological intervention (recommendations).- Materials: Scales.- Websites.- Algorithms.

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