Mental Health Overview

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Mental Health Overview

  1. 1. Finding Out that You Have HIV (Or Newly Dealing With It): Emotional and Psychological Issues A Discussion Facilitated by Michael Siever, Ph.D. for the PLUS Weekend Workshop
  2. 2. Possible Reactions to HIV Diagnosis • • • • • • • • • • • Relief Shock • Inevitability Numb • Feeling a part of a Shame community Guilt • Normalizing Embarrassment • Affirmation Isolation • Re-energizing Grief • Sobriety Anger • Re-prioritizing Blame • Resolve Confusion Which themes do you relate to? Which have you heard from others? Which do you not relate to and/or have a strong reaction to?
  3. 3. Disclosure Issues • • • • To whom to disclose? Timing of disclosure? Expectations of disclosure? Yours? Others? The dos and don’ts of disclosure? 1) Parallels to coming out 2) Disclosure dialogue as a “gift”
  4. 4. Social Support Issues • Social support can be described as feeling heard, valued, understood, being a part of a group or community, receiving physical and emotional comfort, appreciated, validated, with patience and without judgment. What else? • Social support, like exercise and food, should be tailored to your unique perspective/needs. • What do you NOT want from social support? • Anyone with a surprising or touching social support story?
  5. 5. Stress Management: A Brief Overview • You have a) needs and b) resources to meet those needs. If they are “out of balance”, you have stress. • You have external events and demands, and you have internal responses to them.
  6. 6. Related Factors • Everyone’s stress is different. • Various perspectives and reflections on your issue help immensely in exploring your stress. • Exercise, diet, sleep, social support and other health enhancing behaviors play a vital role in stress reduction. • Relaxation, Mindfulness practices can be also immensely helpful. • Be aware of what doesn’t work for you.
  7. 7. Strategies for Staying Healthy • • • • • Social support Creating/Reinforcing balance Know when to ask for help Self Care, tailored to you Exercise/nutrition • • • • • Monitor stress management Participate actively in medical care Move ahead with life, goals, interests What holds you back? What else is important to you?

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