Can a psychologist help a patient who is new to dialysis?

Dialysis is a life sustaining procedure, that requires three long sessions each week. Dialization usually takes about 4 to 5 hours a day, every other day, which put a great level of stress on the quality of your daily life.  Emotional adjustment to dialysis is a primary concern for any kidney patient and generally speaking, mental health therapists are available to help with your transition. If dialysis is to take place in a hospital setting, a psychologist or a social worker is on staff to attend to you emotional and psychological needs. Dialysis can also be arranged in nearby Dialysis Centers, where similar medical and mental health staff are available to help you make the best of this life saving procedure. 

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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