Managing Health and Chronic Kidney Disease

The way you cope with your emotions throughout your kidney disease treatment journey can have a big impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

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It is normal to experience a variety of complicated emotions while you are adjusting to life with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Be open with yourself about what you are feeling and let yourself experience these emotions without judgment. Embracing your feelings and sharing your concerns about your condition is a big step towards channelling them into positive changes in your mindset.

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Emotions You Might Experience

With any major life change comes a rush of emotions. A chronic kidney disease (CKD) diagnosis is no different. Life on dialysis requires physical and mental energy, and you may at times feel overwhelmed by the emotional challenges it brings.

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Getting the Mental Health Support You Need

Remember that you are not alone with your condition. Your healthcare team can connect you with the support you may need to manage your emotions and mental health. To get the most out of this support network, you may need to take the lead – asking questions, reporting symptoms and educating yourself about your condition. Caregivers and family members can also play an important role in providing emotional support.

It is important that you are very honest with your clinical team about the emotions you are feeling. You may have access to a social worker or a psychologist within your clinic team. If you are feeling helpless, speak with your doctor. If you are unable to speak with your healthcare team about your mental health, you can reach out to local public resources.

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