Because over half of persons with HIV infection have a lifetime history of depression or bipolar disorder, psychiatrists are uniquely positioned to provide both preventive and therapeutic interventions to vulnerable patients.
Ranked by the World Health Organization among the top 10 most disabling disorders in the world, bipolar disorder was the subject of review in a recent study. Here, a video summary by the lead author of a study on bipolar disorder and aggression.
The psychiatrist’s role is to act as a consultant to maximize the likelihood of a successful taper and discontinuation and to minimize collateral morbidities or withdrawal complications. This slideshow features common scenarios in which a planned discontinuation of psychotropic medications occurs.