Emotions Associated with Dialysis

Fear, anger, and sadness are very common when starting dialysis. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people living with dialysis and tens of thousands more who are healthcare professionals, all dedicated to helping you live your life to the fullest.

Denial

In this stage individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.

Anger

When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, they can becomes frustrated, especially towards close family and friends. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How can this happen to me?"; '"Who is to blame?"; "Why would this happen?"

Bargaining

Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise.

Depression

The individual becomes saddened by the mathematical probability of death. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.

Acceptance

Individuals embrace inevitable future, which typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable condition of emotions.

Talk to your Social Worker

Our social workers have the education and special training to help you and your family adjust to dialysis treatment and the lifestyle changes it may bring. They can provide counseling, emotional support and problem-solving, as well as help you find additional assistance when you need it

Join a local Support Group

There are numerous groups and organizations dedicated to helping dialysis patients live healthy and happy lives. Ask your Satellite social worker for a list of groups in your area. In addition, there are some excellent online communities which provide information, message boards and living tips.