When you’re diagnosed with hepatitis C, it’s not unusual to have feelings of isolation or depression. There may also be feelings of anger, sadness, guilt, self-pity, fear, anxiety or self-blame. The most important thing to remember is that there are people you can talk to – you don’t have to cope with anything on your own.
If you feel unable to talk to your family or friends, speak to your doctor or nurse or contact a local support group. It could help you come to terms with the illness and discuss the implications of having hepatitis C.
Local support groups often run drop-in sessions or can arrange for you to meet other people who have hepatitis C.
You can find a list of local support groups at The Hepatitis C Trust
If symptoms such as depression occur, ask your GP for advice.