Effects of Herpes

Psychological Effects of Herpes

For many people the psychological effects of herpes are worse than the physical discomforts of having the virus. This is especially true when a person is first diagnosed. The social stigma that’s associated with genital herpes has lead everyone of us through our own personal hell in some way. Whether it’s the feelings of helplessness because there isn’t a cure or the feelings of embarrassment when going to the doctor for treatment; or visiting our local pharmacy to have our prescriptions filled; or perhaps it’s the emotional pain of feeling rejected. We all have our own emotional problems coping with herpes.

When we are first diagnosed, we have many different and often confusing emotions. For many people, dealing with herpes results in feelings of depression and anxiety because they are scared of future outbreaks, telling their partners and transmitting HSV to others.

In a recent study of 3000 participants who admitted having genital herpes, the majority reported that they were depressed when first diagnosed. Other feelings included anger, fear of rejection and loneliness.

The Effects of Herpes Are Extremely Powerful

The effects of herpes are so powerful that they cause us to do things that we would never have done if we had not been diagnosed with the virus.

We avoid having romantic relationships with those who don’t have herpes. This can have it’s benefits and it’s disadvantages.

We stay in dead-end or unhealthy relationships for fear of being rejected by others who don’t have herpes.

We are embarrassed to talk about herpes even to our closest friends and family. For many people the feelings of embarrassment is a very powerful herpes psychological effect of genital herpes that they don’t seek out and get the treatment, diagnosis and medications that they deserve.

It is very important to your physical and emotional health to be able to talk about herpes. You have to understand that you don’t have to go through this alone. If speaking with your family and close friends feels too uncomfortable for you then you should consider discussing this with:

  •         Your health care provider
  •         Counselors
  •         Join a support group
  •         You can always speak about it here on this site. We offer several avenues for you to share your feelings.

For most people, sharing their feelings and what they have learned on anonymous internet forums can be very beneficial and therapeutic. Just knowing that they can talk about herpes without having to experience humiliation is the first step to a healthy herpes psychological state of being.

Everybody is different and each of us has to discover our own way of coping with the effects of herpes. The way you deal with it may be different than me so it’s important to discuss and research the advice that you receive from other people.

The sole purpose of building this website is to help guide you through the herpes emotional and psychological maze and to help you to mange this chapter of your life with herpes .  To help you be able to have the herpes talk.  To help you learn from my experiences and ignore the social stigma and accept herpes as nothing more than an irritating skin rash.

The first step in mentally coping with the effects of herpes is to get educated about the virus that causes herpes. Please know that you and I have genital herpes but our lives are far from over. In fact it can be a new beginning. With the right mindset and the right information, you can control the psychological effects of herpes and stop letting it control you.

May Peace Be With You All!

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