An HIV diagnosis can be shocking and overwhelming. Fear, denial, depression, and anxiety are all common feelings that an HIV positive person may experience. This can spiral into a feeling of hopelessness and isolation.
At UNM Truman Health Services, we understand that an HIV diagnosis can have a significant impact on how you feel about yourself and your life. Our psychiatrists specialize in HIV behavior health and are here to help.
About HIV Behavior Health
HIV-positive individuals are at a higher risk for a number of behavior health concerns, including:
- Substance Use
- Mood Disorders
- Cognitive Issues
UNM Truman Health Services provides patients access to the highest level of psychiatric care. We ensure that you will be connected to a psychiatrist that is sensitive to your needs and specializes in HIV behavior health. From medication management to counseling, we can help you find a balance of care that can help you improve your quality of life.
At UNM Truman Health Services, your psychiatric care begins with a consultation. In this first session, your psychiatrist will be asking questions that relate to:
- Heredity. Does your family have a history of behavior health issues?
- Biology. Do you eat well? How are you managing your HIV?
- Psychology. What are your current stressors? Are any feelings making it difficult to complete day-to-day tasks?
- Social Life. What are the most important relationships? What culture do you identify with?
A complete psychiatric consultation may require multiple sessions. In this time period, you and your psychiatrists will get to know each other and a diagnosis can be made. You and your psychiatrist will determine a treatment plan and medication may prescribed.
After completing your psychiatric consultation and evaluation, UNM Truman Health Services can connect you with a regular behavior health therapist. You can even get your prescriptions filled through our mail-in pharmacy!
Schedule a Psychiatric Consultation in Albuquerque
If you have been diagnosed with HIV, you are not alone. UNM Truman Health Services has the behavioral health support you need to get through this. Contact us today to schedule a psychological consultation
at our Albuquerque medical offices.
Living with HIV in Albuquerque?
Get behavior health support at UNM Truman Health Services.