Hepatitis C And Depression
Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:24 AM
I contracted Hep C when I was 17 years old. I was in an auto accident in 1982 which nearly killed me, and was transfused with tainted blood. I didn't find out I had it until early 2010 when I went to my doctor complaining of feeling so fatigued and depressed I could barely function. I have suffered bouts of depression most of my adult life, so I assumed this was just a more severe episode, but as it turned out, I had HCV (hepatitis c virus) and my viral load was very high. My doctor ordered a liver biopsy as part of deciding whether or not to treat the virus, and it showed that I already had cirrhosis of the liver and it has been downhill since then. Recently my depression has become so bad that suicide is a daily thought. I have lost control of my life, my body and my mind. I'm trying hard to get to a better place with meds and therapy, but it is definitely a battle.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:08 AM
I have now words that can make you feel better. All I can do is just be here for you. What you are going through must be very, very difficult.
Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind.... Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world. - A course of miracles.
True beauty must come, must be grown, from within.... - Ralph W Trine.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:04 PM
I heard Hepatitis C treatment can be very painful, and I have heard about the risk of getting a blood transfusion before the 90's. I'm sorry. I'm hear for you too. I bet there is a support group you could join. Maybe you could do research on treatments at a Hospital such as John Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, or Cleveland Clinic (in Ohio). They say that the best kind of therapy for certain conditions is group therapy (where there are others going through the same thing). I can't imagine the government not providing support for people who have had your experience.
Thanks Trace. I know so many people are going through so much worse, but depression hurts the same regardless of the circumstances surrounding it.
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Above all else, guard your heart.
"When all the clouds roll away and the sun begins to shine, I see my freedom from across the way and it comes right on time... makes me feel so free, makes me feel like me, and it lights my life with love."
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