for Veterans and the Public
Mental Health - Hepatitis C for Patients
Many people are surprised when they learn that they have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. It is completely normal to have strong reactions when you find out you have hepatitis C, including feelings such as fear, anger, and a sense of being overwhelmed. The good news is that hepatitis C treatments are able to cure the disease for most people. You may have read or been told that the older treatments for hepatitis C such as interferon caused side effects like depression and anxiety. Another benefit of the newer treatments is they do not cause these kinds of side effects.
Your mental health is a critical component to your overall wellness. If you are experiencing mental health challenges, it is important that you talk with your VA health care provider or someone you trust so that you can receive the care and support you need. Resources from VA and other support services are available below.
If you are in immediate crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text to 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat