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Almost every person faces mental health challenges at some point. Major stresses—like the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, or moving—can have a major impact on mental health. Having a serious illness, like HIV or Hepatitis C, can be another source of major stress. You may find that living with an infectious disease or STD challenges your sense of well-being or complicates existing mental health conditions.
HIV, and some opportunistic infections, can also affect your nervous system and can lead to changes in your behavior. One of the most common mental health conditions that people living with an infectious disease face is depression. Depression can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms of depression can affect your day-to-day life.
Symptoms can include: Persistent sadness, Anxiety, Feeling “empty,” Helplessness, Negativity, Loss of appetite, and Disinterest in engaging with others.
Good mental health will help you live your life to the fullest and is essential to successfully treating HIV. To help manage your mental health, it is important to know when, how, and where to get help.
If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
What is tai chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
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