Depression in kidney disease patients – Dr. Ravi Bansal

Depression can be difficult to identify in kidney patients because many of the key symptoms, such as insomnia, loss of weight or appetite, and low energy, can also be attributed to kidney disease itself. Despite this, however, people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD, or kidney failure) face higher rates of depression as a group. Unlike kidney disease, the rate of depression across gender and racial lines among kidney patients is fairly equal, meaning it can affect anyone. Depression can lead to poorer health outcomes, increased hospitalizations, lower quality of life and more.

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