Hepatitis C Community
13.4k Members
Avatar universal

hep C and depression

Is there anywhere I can get help for depression and hep C. I'm a single parent who recently lost health insurance and have hep C. I've always been a loner, but I'm really scared for my kids. I had a horrible childhood, got into drugs in early teens to escape. I don't use drugs now, but a little too late I guess. I'm 47 and got away from the garbage at 27. My first daughter was born when I was 36 and the second at 38. If you met me, you would have no idea I'm sick or depressed and I just feel I'm falling. I had a catscan and an mri, but lost insurance right after, so not sure what anything means. I'm starting to feel little aches and pains that I've never felt and I'm just scared.
3 Responses
446474 tn?1446351282
The good news is you are very young to have cirrhosis of the liver which is usually when people start to have symptoms and cirrhosis of the liver would be indicated by your platelet count and scan results.
Why where a CT scan and MRI done?
If you post your CT scan and MRI we can tell you what they mean.

Only a medical doctor can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and treat you so you must be able to pay for medical services in some way.

Aches and pains are some common symptoms of clinical depression as are loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities (sexual desire and performance), fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, and apathy.

What do you mean "I just feel I'm falling"?

Men tend to deny having problems because they are supposed to "be strong." And American culture suggests that expressing emotion is largely a feminine trait. As a result, men who are depressed are more likely to talk about the physical symptoms of their depression such as feeling tired rather than symptoms related to emotions.

In either case you need health insurance for your hepatitis C, liver disease or depression as these can be expensive to treat. If you don't have health insurance through your employer like most Americans than you should get a private health insurance plan. You should look into the Florida health insurance Marketplace/Exchange and see what type of health insurance you can get and afford. Healthcare coverage starts Jan 1, 2014 which is not that far away now. To learn more go to...

Good luck.
317787 tn?1473362051
Hi I am sorry, I understand feeling alone.  Can you get copies of your scans?
I would think you can still request copies of the tests and the reports.

I do not know what state you are in but there are state funded insurance plans.    The manufacturer of the HCV drugs can supply medications.

Hang in there, take a deep breath.  Other more knowledgeable people will be along to help just like the poster above,

Hector,  is one of the most knowledgeable people on here.
Take care, please keep in touch

Avatar universal
You can buy subsidized health insurance January 1 once they get the dang website fixed.  That will ease some of your worries.
Have an Answer?
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473362051
683231 tn?1467326617
Auburn, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Popular Resources
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child
This article will tell you more about strength training at home, giving you some options that require little to no equipment.
In You Can Prevent a Stroke, Dr. Joshua Yamamoto and Dr. Kristin Thomas help us understand what we can do to prevent a stroke.
Smoking substitute may not provide such a healthy swap, after all.