Today we are sharing with you another in-house video by Team psychonephrology titled “15 odd conversations you should not have with a kidney patient”. Sometimes the conversations we have with patients coping with kidney disease take a turn. Without always knowing why, as we try make them feel better, we end up actually making them feel even worse than before. Here we provide some guidelines why this might be happening and how to try to be more empathetic, rather than being sympathetic.

Empathy Vs Sympathy

The latter shows your concern whereas the former may make a troubling situation worse, all motivated by good intentions. The key is reflecting on how those words may affect us if heard in a similar situation.