HIV-related illness threatens the mental health and coping mechanisms of even the most psychologically healthy people. Psychological responses to HIV illness may include anxiety and depression; in addition, neuropsychiatric complications are common. Comprehensive outpatient treatment of these patients may include judicious use of psychotropic medication to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. This article addresses the use of psychotropic medications for specific psychiatric complications in people with HIV/AIDS. It identifies and discusses issues of concern regarding both the use and choice of these drugs.
AIDS Patient Care – Mary Ann Liebert
Published: Aug 1, 1993