Marijuana and Other Coping Strategies Used by HIV/AIDS Patients Reporting Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
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Using data on anxiety, depression, and pain in patients from a large, urban, primarily African-American HIV primary care clinic, coping strategy responses were analyzed in regard to symptoms and demographic data. Over half of patients reported experiencing anxiety, depression, or pain, and 45.8% reported using marijuana during the past 90 days. The findings from this study can be used to understand naturalistic variation in coping strategies among HIV/AIDS patients, and to help clinicians tailor treatment plans for those individuals who report anxiety, depression, and/or pain.