Mental Health, HCV and the Brain



By working, succeeding, and celebrating together, we can contribute to one other’s mental well-being.

Our mental health is key to our sense of well-being, and HCV can affect our brain in many ways.

  • Mental stress is very bad on the liver, which can worsen symptoms of HCV. Mental and physical health of HCV+ people are strongly related.
  • Hepatitis C viruses have been known to cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’.
  • Liver damage can also cause toxins to remain in the blood, eventually causing damage to the brain leading to coma.
  • Psychotropic drugs can also interact dangerously with other drugs such as those taken to fight HCV and its symptoms.
  • Many people with HCV already have mental health and addiction issues which are made worse as the virus does its damage.


Read more about…

HCV and Addiction

HCV and Depression, Irritability & Anxiety

HCV and Brain Fog (compare with: Encephalopathy and Coma, far more severe conditions)