Part 1 of our three-part series on minding your mental health along the IgAN journey
Finding out that you have IgA Nephropathy (IgAN) can be scary. Many people are flooded by a range of emotions, as well as the uncertainly of how the condition might progress. It can be a difficult and complex journey, and managing the emotional and social effects of IgAN can be just as challenging.
Guest Dr. Daniel Cukor, a clinical psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Health at the Rogosin Institute in New York City, works with people with chronic kidney disease to help them navigate their journey, find ways to cope and stay positive. But what does successful coping look like for those who are newly diagnosed with IgAN or who are at earlier stages of the disease?
In this episode, Dr. Cukor will discuss the process many people go through to accept and adjust to their diagnosis, how IgAN might affect one’s mental health, why it’s important to tune into and understand your feelings about IgAN, and how to develop effective coping strategies.