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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Coping with Depression in Polycystic Kidney Disease

2013-07-11 12:03

Coping with Depression in Polycystic Kidney DiseaseFor people with Polycystic Kidney Disease, their treatment isn’t just about managing their physical condition. Depression management is also very important, so is anxiety, anger or frustration. To help PKD patients cope with depression, we give some of our suggestions.

1. Do some exercise

Kidney experts always recommend some gentle exercise for people with Polycystic Kidney, because moderate exercise can not only help lower hypertension and boost immune system but also give patients a chance to relax themselves completely. However, don’t do strenuous or excess exercise.

2. Communicate with family members or friends

Many of my patients have told me that they don’t want to talk anything about their illness condition or mood swings with other people. However, having no good communication with your family member or friends can do nothing for your condition but increase your mental burden, resulting in depression or worsening your depression. Learn to tell them your concerns, so you can get a lot than you expect.

3. Change your medications

To manage your symptoms, you may have to take various medicines. However, some of them can cause you to be depressed. In this condition, consult your doctor about alternative medications.

4. Learn as much as you can about your condition

Some people thinks they will have to suffer from kidney failure or even death once they are diagnosed with PKD. This idea is quite wrong. In clinic, there are still 20% of PKD patients who don’t have kidney failure eventually. Our knowledge is power when it comes to getting the best treatment or controlling the symptoms. Any question about PKD, we are glad to share our answer with you.


Although Polycystic Kidney Disease is incurable at present, good management of your physical condition and emotional effects can still make your life full of happiness and health.

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