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KNOWING WHEN TO SEEK
        PROFESSIONAL HELP

           Adjusting to CKD and its treatment can be difficult,
        particularly in the early phase after diagnosis. There may be a
        natural process of grieving for the “old” you and your previous
        lifestyle. It is not a sign of weakness to seek professional
        therapeutic support. Some treatment centres have access to
        therapeutic support, for example; counsellors, psychologists,
        social workers. For those units where such services are not
        available, the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) provides a
        counselling service accessible in the person’s local area.
           There are many issues that might warrant professional help,
        including but not limited to the following issues: relationships,
        high levels of anxiety or worry, persistent low mood, irritability
        or hopelessness, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy,
        or difficulties with substance abuse.

































































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