Sunday, May 13, 2012
So what's the importance of a brochure you may find in the waiting room while you wait to see your HIV specialist and if necessary while you are waiting to see Psychotherapist and Psychiatrist .
From my home page www.bipolarbear.us you will read that not so far back 2004, you couldn't find brochures discussing the two. It wasn't until 2005 - 2011 that more and more scientific studies were being published.
One quote also from my homepage, "Dr. Glenn J. Treisman, MD, Ph.D., who is Director of the AIDS Psychiatry services at John Hopkins Hospital estimates that at any given time 1 in 5 HIV'ers is suffering from a major depression and require psychiatric treatment." (HIV Plus Magazine March/April 2009).
So what does that mean for you? Well possible you been diagnosed HIV, like any diagnoses like Cancer or some other illness where you became depressed. Depression is a natural experience, but long periods of depression is not, possible you are like me, 1 out oft he 5 HIV'ers suffering from a major depression that requires psychiatric treatment, why to get better, to go on living a productive life, to be able to return to work, even if it's a part-time job as you may require going on Social Security Disability Insurance because you are overwhelmed, or experience side effects from your medications. Some of these are sleepiness, unable to focus long periods, there are many others (please check the resources at the bottom of this blog entry) that make it hard for you to work a full time job, but you can work part-time, another topic down the road.
So if you are reading this, you are not alone, it's not just you and that means others are out there and in GLBT community, that there are resources that can help you both at a doctors office, and in the form of self-help, peer to peer support groups.
Please visit my website which lists 49 centers through out the United States where you can get assistance, also visit the the home page for some valuable links.
IF YOU FEELING SUICIDAL CALL 911, I did, there is no shame, I'm here to tell you this and to tell you that it does get better.
Get involved, one organization which I've been on the GLBT Leadership Group as a Consumer Advocate. Consumer = Someone like yourself living with an illness in recovery. Advocate = an activist, some one who is pro-active in helping others by blogging, sharing my experiences, so that again I can't say it enough you are not alone.
living well with HIV and Depression
AIDSinfonet.org , reliable up to date treatment news
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ "The Trevor Project is the leading national
organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth."
www.NAMI.org/glbt National Association on Mental Illness, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Mental Health Resources page.
Tip of the day
Now two hours of sunlight left, this blogger like to ride his bike, take a bottle of water and get some excerise. Go for a walk--find that boring, help an elderly neighbor and offer to walk to the grocery store for her--turn it into both exercise and a good deed, from the heart that's X two feel good and good for you..