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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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