HIV and Anxiety Disorders


Abstract: Anxiety is a common symptom in HIV-infected patients. When anxiety symptoms are severe or persistent, patients may have an anxiety disorder. These disorders include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia and other phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or acute stress disorder and anxiety disorder due to a general medical condition. Some of these anxiety disorders, for example OCD, will occur in people with HIV no more frequently than in the general population. Other disorders, including PTSD, can be prompted or exacerbated by the experience of HIV, especially when there is already an underlying proclivity toward the disorder. Patients with other psychiatric disorders, such as adjustment disorders, major depression, psychosis, or substance use disorders, can also present with significant anxiety. During this session participants will examine the differences among these specific disorders, understand the recurrence of anxiety symptoms during the course of HIV illness, and review treatment options.  Duration: 27 minutes

This video was originally recorded at the 165th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 7th, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA.

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