Coping with HIV Infection: Psychological and Existential by Lena Nilsson Schönnesson

By Lena Nilsson Schönnesson

"I'm like a whirling leaf within the wind," stated one in all Dr. Lena Nilsson SchOnnesson' s sufferers, and one other "I'm within the claws of HIV." Their voices and people of different HIV-positive sufferers body the humanistic and scholarly dialogue during this impor­ tant booklet. Dr. SchOnnesson, a Fulbright student on the HIV middle for medical and Behavioral stories, Columbia collage in 1995, has surprisingly huge scientific adventure in counseling HIV-positive homosexual males. Her paintings with 38 such sufferers handled among 1986 and 1995 is mentioned within the pages that keep on with. Dr. SchOnnesson's longitudinal method of scientific facts is very strange within the psychotherapy literature ordinarily, and within the literature on counseling HIV­ optimistic males specifically. development upon the event of such fresh student­ clinicians as Klitzman, Isay, Schaffner, and others, Dr. SchOnnesson provides a few­ factor specified by means of examining her ongoing exact notes of the psychotherapeutic procedure in a scientific quantitative in addition to qualitative demeanour. The research of her facts is extra expert through her coauthor, Dr. Michael Ross, a therapist and investigator whose contribution to the medical and learn literature at the psychotherapeutic remedy of homosexual males has already been substantial.

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Xxviii). He comments that some of these patients had achieved a state of icy hopelessness akin to serenity (a realistic hopelessness); some had a fierce and impotent sense of outrage for being swindled out of the best years of life and consumed by a sense of time lost or wasted. They wanted to be given back the lost time and to be magically replaced in their youth and prime. Sacks argues that what is lost, in a metaphysical sense, in those who are sick and suffering, is something like one's lost health, former condition, feeling fully alive-for everything to be all right again.

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