You probably have lot of questions about IgA Nephropathy, how to manage it and keep track your kidney health, blood pressure and other health markers. Don’t be shy about asking questions about coping and dealing with the emotions that can come with having IgA Nephropathy.
For example, it might help put your mind at ease to ask about and better understand when and how often your kidney function will be checked so that you feel confident it’s being closely monitored. Ask what to do if you feel depressed or alone in your journey, or how to deal with the burden it may have on your family and other relationships.
The answers to many of these questions may allay fears and help you focus on what you can do to manage the condition.
Take a mental health test
Learn mindfulness techniques
First, ask your primary care or nephrology office if they recommend someone as they know you best. The American Psychological Association and Psychology Today also have an online tool to search for a mental health professional by type and location.
If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide – even if the feeling comes and goes – tell someone who can help or dial 911 in an emergency.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24/7