Learning that you have hepatitis C may come as a shock at first. Like a lot of people that find out, you may have thought you weren’t at risk for the disease. It is entirely normal to be stunned and have a ton of questions when first given the initial diagnosis. You’re probably now wondering – what next? Find out how to get the proper support you need to help treat this disease and where to seek medical advice below.
When you have hep C, the right kind of doctor is a necessity. Though it is possible to get cured, you will be receiving care from this doctor for several years, even after the fact. There are doctors who treat people with liver disease. It is important that you find one that has spent a lot of time with hep C patients. Information about the disease changes quite rapidly, therefore you want to be up-to-date on the latest advancements.
Friends and family can be a tremendous help in supporting you through this emotional time. Sometimes, however, they aren’t as understanding as you may want them to be. Joining a support group may be a good idea, under both scenarios. You will meet people that are dealing with the same things you are dealing with and can properly empathize with you. Your doctor should know of ones in your local area.
Additionally, it is important to find a group that is right for you. If the group breaks down into scary stories and is ultimately depressing, find one that is more uplifting and holds a positive vibe. While days being in treatment aren’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows, it is still important to be around positive-minded individuals. Studies have shown that positive thinking can lead to better health outcomes.
Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are common among those with hep C. A small group will help with this, but also consult your physician if you are feeling down or have thoughts of suicide.
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