Having recently experienced an excellent meeting on mental health, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and ESRD, I wanted to offer some thoughts about the extraordinary role that psychology and people play in the course of this illness and its treatment. I commend the Rogosin Institute for convening a marvelous group of leaders from various parts of the country to deliberate on these issues.
What does one learn from such a roundtable? First and foremost, that kidney disease has a potential for dramatically disturbing a person’s sense of well-being. Many people with serious kidney disease are not aware that they have it.