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The Insidious Persecutory Drama of HIV

  • Lena Nilsson Schönnesson
  • Michael W. Ross
Part of the AIDS Prevention and Mental Health book series (APMH)

Abstract

In this chapter, we will adopt a more finely grained look at the HIV scenario and those psychological. issues that are evoked by the various HIV-related threats. The point of departure is the qualitative analysis of Dr. Schönnesson’s psychotherapeutic notes of the 38 gay men with HIV. The most salient HIV-related psychological issues are portrayed in the light of the constructs of persecution, death anxiety, existential death anxiety and awareness, loss and mourning, control, despair versus hope, and psychological defenses. Table 2 illustrates that different psychological. issues and the defenses occur with different intensity over the four disease phases (asymptomatic, mild symptomatic, severe symptomatic, and terminal).

Keywords

Terminal Phase Defense Strategy Death Anxiety Disease Phase Impending Death 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lena Nilsson Schönnesson
    • 1
  • Michael W. Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.WHO Center for Health Promotion Research and Development School of Public HealthUniversity of Texas, Houston Health Science CenterHoustonUSA

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