Kidney disease and dialysis can be very distressing, both physically and emotionally

Everyone has his or her own unique psychological reaction when dealing with these, which becomes more pronounced in the face of vulnerability. There is no right or wrong way to feel, and it can sometimes take a long time to get used to life with kidney disease. The important thing to keep in mind is that these “stormy” reactions are a normal part of living with chronic physical illness. Read more about the topics on psychological impact below.


Self-Perception

People form a set of beliefs and feelings about themselves known as self-perception. This includes feelings about their physical image and as well as their inner personal self.
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Uncertainty and Fear

Uncertainty is probably the most disturbing aspect of any illness. Uncertainty is likely to be present at every stage of a disease, from the time of being diagnosed, to coping with ongoing treatment…
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Depression

Depression is a medical illness. More than just being “down in the dumps” or feeling blue, depression affects how you feel, think and behave.
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Anxiety

Anxiety occurs in everyday life. It is the feeling of butterflies in the stomach or a pounding heart before a presentation or meeting someone new.
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Coping Tips

The most important aspect in treating depression and anxiety is to get help. Depression and anxiety are treatable, and it is possible to return to a healthy emotional state.
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