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Offline MadDog125

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Related depression
« on: November 16, 2018, 10:16:17 pm »
Appologies up front as this may not fit this forum that well. 

Back when I was first diagnosed 28DEC17, I was also diagnosed with depression and adjustment disorder.  Unfortunately the HIV diagnosis cost me my flight privledges until I met the appropriate metricts.  CD4 count, viral load, and proven tollerance of ART.  After nine month I met those criteria and filed to be reinstated.  Well the depression came back to haunt me. 

I have very little experience with psycology or psychologists.  Anyone know what kind of protocols are called for?  I have to adress the mental health elephant in the room or I'm grounded period.  Any psyc related advice or experience is very welcome.
DX 28DEC17, cd4 112, VC 63000
13FEB18, cd4 215, VC 156
14MAY18, cd4 260, VC 31
23AUG18, cd4 298, VC 61
03OCT18, cd4 300, VC 35
21NOV18, cd4 259, VC <20
18JAN19, cd4 284, VC 24
17APR19, cd4 157, VC <20
24MAY19, cd4 340, VC <20
12AUG19, cd4 304, VC 51
30DEC19, cd4 385, VC <20

Offline Ptrk3

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Re: Related depression
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2018, 11:23:48 pm »
Your query fits this forum well enough, since you are living with HIV.

I wish you well and encourage you to continue with the successful antiretroviral regimen you are on.

I'm sorry to read that depression is rearing its shadow upon you again:  depression is truly is a demon, as nasty as the virus that afflicts us.

Many forum members understand the devastation of depression and live with it every day:  my thoughts are with you.

In terms of your question, I can only urge you to work through the process with your healthcare professionals in order for you to get the relevant documentation that results in the reinstatement you seek.  Working through the process, you will succeed.  It's just a matter of adhering to the applicable and appropriate rules and regulations affecting your situation.

The moderators of this forum, and members, are not in a good position to advise you as to the specifics of your situation, since we are not medical or legal professionals.  Certainly, even if we were, we would not want to provide you ill advice that could put you in any professional jeopardy.  No one on this forum knows the facts of your specific circumstances and how they relate to relevant policy and law.

My advice:  work closely with your mental-health provider, seek legal advice, and review the terms of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), presuming you are a U.S. citizen in the United States, and develop an action plan to get you properly, justly, and fittingly reinstated in your profession.

I wish you well in achieving your goal.

Here's a link that may be useful to you:

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Offline Jim Allen

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Re: Related depression
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 02:15:03 am »

Yeah I agree with Ptrk to work closely with your health care provider.

Regarding depression there are a number of threads on this topic here: https://forums.poz.com/index.php?board=22.0 perhaps some of them will give you some insights or at least some reassurance. 

We also posted sticky on mental health that covers some basics about depression https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=69487.0

Wishing you well

HIV 101 - Everything you need to know
HIV 101
Transmission and Risks:
HIV Transmission and Risks
Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
You can read about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline hippo1010

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Re: Related depression
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 03:06:30 pm »
My two cents: A mental health professional might be able to properly diagnose and treat depression.

I echo what others posted, which is that we can only talk about our own experiences and about our own individual diagnoses, but can't give medical advice, other than consult a medical or mental health professional.


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