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Mental Health--Fear and Anxiety

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Fear and anxiety

Fear and anxiety may be caused by not knowing what to expect now that you've been diagnosed with hepatitis C. You also may be afraid of telling people--friends, family members, and others--that you have hepatitis C.

Fear can make your heart beat faster or make it hard for you to sleep. Anxiety also can make you feel nervous or agitated. Fear and anxiety might make you sweat, feel dizzy, or feel short of breath.

To control feelings of fear and anxiety:
  • Learn as much as you can about hepatitis C.
  • Get your questions answered by your VA health care provider.
  • Talk with your friends, family members, and health care providers.
  • Join a support group.
  • Talk to your doctor about medicines for anxiety if the feelings don't lessen with time or if they get worse.