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Explore the ways chronic kidney disease can affect your mind as well as your body and see how you can get the support you need. 

Depression and kidney disease

Did you know people suffering with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are more likely to experience depression? In fact, up to 4 of every 10 people with CKD say they feel depressed.1 That’s why it’s so important to stay in tune with your emotions at every stage of your journey.   

If you have suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-8255 (TTY:711) for confidential support at no cost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Symptoms of depression

It’s normal to feel a little down from time to time, but depression is different. It’s a real illness that should be identified as soon as possible so it can be treated. The following are some of the signs of depression: 

  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of pessimism and hopelessness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too much
  • Sad, anxious or “empty” feelings that don’t go away

It’s important to note that unlike sadness, depression won’t go away on its own. If you identify with any of the feelings listed above, talk to your doctor, nephrologist or a social worker immediately. And remember, it’s a sign of strength to reach out for the help you need.  

If you want to learn more or need support, email the National Kidney Foundation Patient Information Center at*

When I found out I had kidney problems, I was really concerned.

- Harold Broadway
Care Management Program member


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