Handling Anxiety Before Hepatitis C Treatment
A thousand "what if’s" can go through your mind when beginning treatment for hepatitis C. Anxiety and fear do not have to drown out the truth that you are taking a courageous, proactive step in defeating hepatitis C in your life.
I experienced a fair share of anxiety when I began treatment, but I learned some great tips that silenced anxiety and fear as I moved forward.
A true mark of courage is taking those steps despite fear. You are a Hep C Warrior. Warriors don’t back down. Hepatitis C treatment is the only way you are going to get hepatitis C behind you. Improved hepatitis C treatment is available for most liver and health conditions.
Treatment can be done in as little as 8 to 12 weeks, with few side effects. Above all keep your focus on this, treatment has a high cure rate of 95 percent and over. 8 to 12 weeks is nothing compared to the rest of your life.
How to handle anxiety before treatment
- If you are a person of faith, pray. Rest in Scripture from the Bible. Seek Godly counsel.
- Listen to uplifting music and songs that speak about courage and faith.
- Journaling is a great way to let out anxiety, fear, and frustrations. Getting it down on paper is a release.
- Talk with a pastor, professional counselor, or life coach to help you put your anxiety and fears to rest.
- Join a support group for hepatitis C. Receiving encouragement and support are great ways to ease anxiety and fear.
- Talk to your healthcare team, your doctor, nurse, or specialty pharmacy about your concerns and questions.
- Keep your mind on activities and projects that are proactive, uplifting, and positive.
Avoid anxiety builders
- Beware of listening to others who had a bad treatment experience. Everyone’s treatment experience is different. Keep your thoughts positive and moving forward.
- Be mindful of negative social media posts. What you focus on has a powerful impact on our thoughts and actions.
- Avoid watching scary, depressing, or disturbing movies and programs. These can breed anxiety, fear, and doubt.
- Be discerning around negative, grumpy people. Don’t allow their mood or attitude to rub off on you. Stay positive.
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