Chronic Kidney Disease and Mental Health

Depression and anger are normal responses to living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Our emotions typically are triggered because of a fear of the unknown and how living with CKD will affect our lives and those that we love. Here is a collection of tools, articles and podcasts by and for those who have kidney disease and are struggling with depression.

“You watch as your doctor’s mouth moves, but the words coming out just don’t make sense. You feign understanding with an occasional nod, but inside you are tumbling head to heel, trying to unravel the sentence he spoke when you first sat down. “Me? I have a chronic illness?” Over the next few weeks, the shock will wear off, but a range of other difficult emotions awaits you. I’m here to tell you can and will get beyond these feelings and live a fulfilling life. Your life is not over, it’s just begun.” Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness author Lori Hartwell, RSN Founder and President.

Tools to Help Aid Coping with Mental Health and Kidney Disease

Signs of Hope and Signs of Depression

Kidney Kin
Online Support Group

Support groups have shown to reduce loneliness, provide a sense of empowerment, improve coping skills and reduce anxiety. People who attend share their experiences, strength and strategies to live a hopeful and joyful life. Join us!

Audio Book and Music to Aid Coping with Mental Health and Kidney Disease

Chronically Happy – Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness by Lori Hartwell is a must read whether you are living with a chronic illness or you want to help someone who is.


Let your mind and body relax while listing to the comforting sounds. Choose a soothing rainfall, a peaceful forest stream, rainforest birds or calming instrumentals, then close your eyes and let your stress and anxiety fade away.

Hope Week Videos About Mental Health and Kidney Disease

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