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Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients

Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients By Peggy L El-Mallakh, R.N. and RifS. El-Mallakh, M.D. Surgeon General reports that in the United States an estimated 1.5 million people are infected with The AIDS or raise fears of pain, disfigurement, and dependency in AIDS patients. The diagnosis of a terminal illness typically causes the emotional reactions of denial, anger, and bargaining.4 An existential plight arises in PWAs when denial of the disease diminishes in the face of physical deterioration pany the disease with other people who truly understand the impact of living with AIDS. HIV.1 Of these, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people will manifest symptoms of ARC within five years.1 These predictions indicate that AIDS is a major public health concern in this country. The establishment of adequate medical care for the treatment of AIDS and its emotional consequences is the responsibility of both the health and the mental health pro- fessions.2 In the United States, approximately 75 percent of documented cases of AIDS involve homosexual men."' Although a larger proportion of the general population is currently being diagnosed AIDS, this group may have as specific psychosocial problems. The high incidence of having and medical complications; they are forced http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 3 (6) – Dec 1, 1989

Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 3 (6) – Dec 1, 1989

Abstract

Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients By Peggy L El-Mallakh, R.N. and RifS. El-Mallakh, M.D. Surgeon General reports that in the United States an estimated 1.5 million people are infected with The AIDS or raise fears of pain, disfigurement, and dependency in AIDS patients. The diagnosis of a terminal illness typically causes the emotional reactions of denial, anger, and bargaining.4 An existential plight arises in PWAs when denial of the disease diminishes in the face of physical deterioration pany the disease with other people who truly understand the impact of living with AIDS. HIV.1 Of these, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people will manifest symptoms of ARC within five years.1 These predictions indicate that AIDS is a major public health concern in this country. The establishment of adequate medical care for the treatment of AIDS and its emotional consequences is the responsibility of both the health and the mental health pro- fessions.2 In the United States, approximately 75 percent of documented cases of AIDS involve homosexual men."' Although a larger proportion of the general population is currently being diagnosed AIDS, this group may have as specific psychosocial problems. The high incidence of having and medical complications; they are forced

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0893-5068
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10.1089/apc.1989.3.18
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Abstract

Group Psychotherapy for AIDS Patients By Peggy L El-Mallakh, R.N. and RifS. El-Mallakh, M.D. Surgeon General reports that in the United States an estimated 1.5 million people are infected with The AIDS or raise fears of pain, disfigurement, and dependency in AIDS patients. The diagnosis of a terminal illness typically causes the emotional reactions of denial, anger, and bargaining.4 An existential plight arises in PWAs when denial of the disease diminishes in the face of physical deterioration pany the disease with other people who truly understand the impact of living with AIDS. HIV.1 Of these, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people will manifest symptoms of ARC within five years.1 These predictions indicate that AIDS is a major public health concern in this country. The establishment of adequate medical care for the treatment of AIDS and its emotional consequences is the responsibility of both the health and the mental health pro- fessions.2 In the United States, approximately 75 percent of documented cases of AIDS involve homosexual men."' Although a larger proportion of the general population is currently being diagnosed AIDS, this group may have as specific psychosocial problems. The high incidence of having and medical complications; they are forced

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AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1989

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