AACAP: HIV-Infection in Children Leads to More Psychiatric Symptoms
Children infected with HIV have a higher instance of psychiatric problems, according to recent reports from an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting. Specifically, HIV infected children have a higer instance of generalized anxiety and ADHD, (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Dr. Jerry Heaton, of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, speculates that the virus’s effect on the central nervous system, neurotoxicity of antiretroviral medications and psychosocial issues are the major contributing factors to psychiatric problems in the infected children. Below is an excerpt of the article:
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31 — For a variety of factors, HIV-infected children appear to have more psychiatric problems than uninfected children, researchers said here.
Caregivers reported significantly higher severity of generalized anxiety disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to preliminary findings of an ongoing, multicenter, longitudinal study reported at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry meeting.