How can kidney problems affect my mood?

Some people with kidney problems get depressed. They may feel down most of the time and lose interest in their usual activities. Things that used to make them happy no longer bring pleasure. However, antidepressant medications and counseling can help. Other feelings that sometimes accompany serious kidney problems are guilt and anger. Some people feel they didn't do enough to take care of themselves and as a result have diabetes complications. Others feel angry and frustrated because despite taking good care of themselves, they are having health problems.

Sometimes talking with others who are experiencing the same problems can help. Ask your health care team for information on support groups in your area.

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