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Psychosomatics. 1993 Sep-Oct;34(5):432-9.

Psychiatric care for patients with HIV infection. The varying perspectives.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.


This article reviews the literature on the classification and treatment of psychiatric morbidity associated with infection from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The psychiatric disorders seen in HIV-infected patients are formulated by using one of the following four perspectives as treatment guides: 1) the syndromal or disease perspective, 2) the dispositional or personality perspective, 3) the behavioral or addictive perspective, and 4) the life story perspective.

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