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Symptoms of Depression with Hepatitis C.

Symptoms of Depression with Hepatitis C

Depression can creep up on you slowly, like a cloud hiding the sun. It can also hit all of a sudden like a storm crashing in. No matter how depression settles into your life, there are ways to escape it’s clutches. Some symptoms of depression with hepatitis C are a lot like the effects of the virus itself. I’ve been there, maybe I can help you spot the signs.

Here are some things to watch for.

  • You really don’t give a hoot what happens to you.
  • You can’t remember the last time you laughed.
  • You can’t remember the last time you took a bath.
  • You’re eating everything in sight whether you’re hungry or not. It’s akin to being a human garbage disposal.
  • Nothing sounds like fun anymore.
  • You’re living in a messy house.
  • You don’t even care that you’re living in a messy house.
  • You can’t focus enough to read so you watch tv.
  • You watch an entire season of a tv show in one day because it feels good to check OUT of your own life.
  • You’re pissed off because this list is hitting home and it’s painful to hear the truth.
  • You are bored out of your mind, but turn down the chance to get out because it might depress you even more.
  • You hate happy people.
  • It feels like no one ever cared about you ever ever ever.
  • You find yourself staring at the ceiling worrying about everything far into the night.
  • You keep buying a bunch of things to help you feel better … clothes, shoes, gadgets, gear, and trinkets – and then stuff it all into a closet.
  • You buy more stuff to start a project and then stick it all in the garage.
  • You go on a starvation diet. Since nothing tastes good, who cares what you eat?
  • You begin substituting cigarettes for food.
  • You realize that your hair is the only thing on your body that doesn’t hurt.
  • The real pain is the pain comes from deep inside you.
  • You are wearing the same sweats for more than 4 days.
  • You are thinking the same sad thoughts for more than 40 days.
  • You burst out in spontaneous sobbing when you talk about your feelings.
  • You swallow the lump in your throat and vow to never cry again.
  • You stay up all night.
  • You stay in bed til noon.
  • You lose hope because you can’t believe that it will ever get better.

We’ve all experienced some of these symptoms. When it becomes too heavy, talk with a trusted friend or family member. They may invite a pastor or counselor to help. Others can give you some new ideas and tools to help you cope. If this doesn’t work, let your primary care doctor know that you may need to take some meds. Ask to talk with a professional.

  • Friends and family can listen and provide support.
  • Pastors and clergy will offer suggestions like books, support services, group activities, and other tools.
  • Primary care doctors may offer a prescription treatment or refer you to counseling.
  • Psychologists can help by talking through the causes of your depression.
  • Psychiatrists can help by offering a combination of medication and talk therapy.

Don’t let this list get you down. Becoming aware is the first step toward getting help. Depression is a part of life, especially when you’re sick. Watch for symptoms of depression with hepatitis C virus. Wallow in it for a while, ask for help, and then look for ways to pull out.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.


  • Tonganoxiegal
    1 year ago

    Because HepC is invisible to others even family members it is hard to understand. This is difficult because the feelings and physical symptoms become ” my imagination”, wolf wolf said the little boy. Silent killer….”I have believed my mom was dying for 17 years”! Me too…

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    1 year ago

    Oh hunnyo – You’re surrounded by a group of large hearted people who get it. It’s a silent killer for sure.
    I hope you get the cure. MOVE into your future. xo Karen

  • Moonsta
    4 years ago

    I see myself in many of those symptoms. I have been cured but I haf to rezign from work. Friends live far away and I have no one close by. My husband doesnt seem to care and thinks Ive wasted all my money on stuff and the house is a mess. I stay in bed for days. Im thinking it might be time to talk to someone. I already take antidepressant meds. I just say they work with a smile. Im vwry good at hiding it in public.

  • Tonganoxiegal
    1 year ago

    Gosh sounds familiar, sooo sorry. Hope things are better by now.

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    1 year ago

    me too. thnx

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    4 years ago

    You’re definitely not alone here. I often dream of a place where we could all meet and talk about our stuff. Would’t that be awesome? We get each other. Hepatitis C doesn’t show symptoms on the outside, but we sure know something is wrong. Just by replying to my blog, you’ve taken a step. Maybe let your husband or a friend know that you’re hurting inside and you’re gonna find someone to talk to. Then start thinking about who that might be. You can’t hide it all inside hunnyo… xo

  • JamieLou
    4 years ago

    I had no idea that depression is associated with hcv… I’ve lived with my diagnosis for 8 years without doing any major research… I knew I had a disease that lies in wait for a long time, so I just refused to think about it. My mother had it, and she seemed fine for years, so I blew it off as something I could deal with, you know, later. I just got it in my head recently to give a damn. I have two beautiful baby daughters who love and need me, and I am a single mom at that, so for their sake, I need to be alive and kicking. Reading these articles on depression as a symptom, wow… I was beginning to think I was really crazy. I had no idea that my liver disease was not only damaging me physically, but eating away at my happiness as well. Now that I know this, maybe, just maybe, there is something to be done about it. Medication CANT be the only way out of this hole….

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    4 years ago

    I didn’t know that depression could be related to an illness either. I’m happy the lightbulb went off in your brain! I wish someone had told me. Everyone responds to illness differently. I don’t know if your mom got treatment, but you can definitely take care of you. I hope you look for, and find, the support you need to help! xo Karen

  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi JamieLou – Thanks for your comment. We are so happy you are a part of our community and found the article informative. I thought you would also be interested in the following articles –,, They further discuss depressive symptoms and the treatment of depression. I hope you find them helpful! Again, thanks for your comment. Have a lovely day. Warmly, Meaghan ( Team)

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