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 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. 

Below are inspiring examples of our people who have CKD have proven to that if you turn on the lights and talk about the monster, he often disappears or isn’t as big and bad as you may have thought!

Watch: Psychosocial Issues of Kidney Transplant with Mark Meier, Executive Director Face It Foundation

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.