Psychodynamic and Psychotherapeutic Aspects of Care
Psychiatric care is supposed to be incorporated into HIV care in every setting and at every stage of illness. Psychiatric care has been shown to be effective in a prospective study of psychiatric treatment. Psychotherapy can provide a supportive and nurturing approach to individuals with HIV and AIDS. This can augment the support provided by friends and family. Psychotherapy can smooth the transitions experienced by all persons with severe illness. Examples include the transition from HIV negative to positive, from healthy seropositive to symptomatic. Othetr examples are from symptoms to diagnosis of first HIV-related illness, and from late-stage illness to death.