If you are having a hard time adjusting to your illness and think you need help, please talk to someone: your dialysis social worker, your physician, or the transplant social worker. They can provide you with referrals to a mental health provider.
If you have had any of the following symptoms frequently in the last two weeks, you may want to ask for help.
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
- Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much
- Feeling tired or having little energy
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Feeling bad about yourself –or that you’re a failure or have let yourself or your family down
- Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading the newspaper or watching television
- Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or the opposite—being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way.