2016

It’s Holiday time!!

Psychonephrology Team is also taking a winter break As the year draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your posts and comments, which speak to the growing community engaged with this topic. We have tried to touch various aspects of coping with kidney disease, dealing not only [...]

By | December 22nd, 2016|2016, From The Blog|0 Comments

15 odd conversations that you should not start when visiting a kidney patient

Sympathy Vs. Empathy As a nephrologist, I have witnessed numerous patient-clinician encounters and heard even more from kidney patients during their clinic or dialysis visits. A recent conversation with one of my patients, who has a kidney disease, brought to light how she felt by the reactions and comments of her friends and relatives. […] (more…)
By | December 15th, 2016|2016, For Caregivers|0 Comments

Companions to a Mindful Life

Often, especially during times of stress, we feel a strong urge to feel calmer, de-clutter our minds and approach the world in a more mindful way. Mindfulness has become a popular and employed stress reduction tool and has become something of a buzzword in recent years. […] (more…)
By | December 1st, 2016|2016, Emotional Health|0 Comments

Quality of Life Progression during Dialysis Initiation

 The Importance of Resilience and Social Support Dialysis initiation is often associated with emotional distress, involving both patients and their families. Many aspects of these dynamic changes can be appreciated by evaluating different quality of life (QOL) parameters. […] (more…)
By | November 24th, 2016|2016, From The Blog|0 Comments

“When Breath Becomes Air” – by Paul Kalanithi

 Book review by Mona Rassi “When Breath Becomes Air” is a book written by a 36 years old neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Before going to medical school, Paul Kalanithi studied English literature. He loved reading and writing, and he took the opportunity to write a book that will influence the lives (more…)
By | November 17th, 2016|2016, Reviews|0 Comments

Feeling Depressed? Listen to your inner voice

 Feeling Depressed? Listen to your inner voice Of the 7.5 billion world, a staggering 350 million people suffer from depression, which by all counts is an alarming figure. Many who are depressed may not even know it. While the impact of depression touches every aspect of someone’s life, both the individual and his or her (more…)
By | November 10th, 2016|2016, Emotional Health|0 Comments

“Until Further Notice, I am Alive”- by Tom Lubbock

 Until Further Notice, I Am Alive by Tom Lubbock A few weeks ago, Sifted Sand published a review of The Iceberg by Marion Coutts, a book detailing her husband’s terminal illness and how their lives changed after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This week, we review the second half of the story, written (more…)
By | November 3rd, 2016|2016, Reviews|0 Comments

Upcoming Book Review: “Until Further Notice, I Am Alive”

 Can terminal illness mar your passion for life? No one plans his day as if he will die tomorrow. But what if you are aware that you don’t have much time left? Will your remaining life change forever? Will you retain your zeal for life? When you are given only a year or two to (more…)
By | October 20th, 2016|2016, Reviews|0 Comments

16 Essential Reads about Death, Loss, and Hope

Though death is an ultimate reality of life, no amount of preparation can help us overcome the void that occurs with the death of our loved ones. The eventual shape that mourning takes is colored by the emotional connection we sustained with that person. […] (more…)
By | October 13th, 2016|2016, For Caregivers|0 Comments

How Technology has impacted the Health Care Arena

What effect does it have on an emotional connection between a Physician and his patient? Healthcare is very often impacted and enhanced by the adoption of new technologies. Clinical practice is increasingly dependent on technology, which has significantly improved the way patients are treated for their illness, resulting in better outcomes. But has it also (more…)
By | October 6th, 2016|2016, Clinician's Corner, Physical Health|0 Comments