DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Depression and Chronic Kidney Disease http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease-overview/living with ckd/depression-and-chronic-kidney-disease/a/4917

Many situations in life can lead to feelings of depression. Finding out you have kidney disease, and then adjusting to the changes in your lifestyle after beginning dialysis, can cause feelings of loss and depression. If these feelings last for more than a couple of weeks you could be clinically depressed. Depression is a disease that is very common and treatable. DaVita Social Worker, Betsy Heilman, talks about depression and how to get the help you may need.