Depression and Dialysis

Depression and Dialysis

Depression is common in people who are on dialysis and can affect kidney health, as well as overall well-being. 

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Helpful Resources

Treating Depression in Patients with Kidney Failure Receiving Dialysis, a recent study funded by Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), looked at how well two treatments for depression — talk therapy and an antidepressant — work for people on dialysis.

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Information for dialysis patients

A recent PCORI study looked at how well two treatments for depression work for people on dialysis.


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Information for clinicians

A recent PCORI study of patients with kidney failure receiving outpatient hemodialysis found similar effectiveness between nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatments for depression.


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Living with Kidney Disease

A diagnosis of kidney disease can be overwhelming. Learn more about how to cope with your diagnosis, be active in your healthcare, continue to work or go to school if you wish, and more!  Be informed so you can live well with kidney disease or kidney failure.

Connect with Others

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Online Communities

Visit our Online Communities to share experiences, ask questions, and get answers. 

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NKF Peers

Get connected with another patient for support and answers through our NKF Peers program.