For the first year of my kidney failure, I struggled to talk about it, even with close family and friends – particularly because it was difficult to process and understand. Many things were changing with my body and mental health. I became increasingly anxious – excessively worrying about my health, feeling stuck and alone with my kidney failure, and a sense of loss and grief that comes with a serious health issue. I didn’t know it then but what I was experiencing common symptoms of anxiety and depression.
My experience with dialysis encouraged me to pursue an education in mental health because of the impact kidney disease had on my mental health as well as witnessing many kidney patients struggling with anxiety and depression too. I returned to college while on dialysis motivated and inspired to become a therapist. My first job after graduate school was a dialysis social worker for Fresenius where I spent about 4 years helping patients adjust to dialysis while providing counseling, advocacy, and resources.
Dealing with the impact kidney disease has on your mental health is not easy by any means but you don’t have to do it alone. Call or text me at 949-441-2273 for a complimentary 30-minute session.
Managing and dealing with kidney disease is challenging. You and I know all too well the challenges of navigating multiple medical and financial stressors that add to anxiety and depression. The last thing you want to worry about is another appointment. You don’t need to drive to another appointment to receive therapy as I offer video sessions from the comfort of your home with a flexible schedule that works for you.
You can still move forward and live your life with meaning and purpose despite kidney disease. I’ve had my way of dealing with kidney failure but let’s discover coping skills and strategies that work for YOU.