HARRISBURG, Pa., April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical student blogger Winifred Wolfe (MS-3) studies at Drexel University College of Medicine and is a Pennsylvania Medical Society member. She is passionate about empowering patients and improving lives through mental health in medicine. In this edition of the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Quality and Value Blog, she discusses the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, with HIV patients.
Why is it so hard to keep New Year's resolutions?
You tell yourself, "This is it! This is the year I live a healthier lifestyle, and shed those extra pounds!" Inevitably something comes up. Life happens. You might have a big exam or project at work, and you end up blowing off the gym. Or, (if you're like me) eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's on a late night binge.
Now imagine your resolution is managing a chronic disease like HIV.
It requires taking multiple medications, monitoring WBC count, and managing viral loads - every day, for the rest of your life.
The patients I see at Drexel University's Center City Clinic for Behavioral Medicine not only deal with HIV, but often face addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, depression and shame. In response to these emotional experiences, patients often turn to ...
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