Generally Speaking Members Of The Chronic Kidney Disease Community Are Stronger Than They Think


According to research, resilience is "that essential quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever." Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, many with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) find a way to rise from the ashes.

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Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make members of the CKD community so resilient and among them are a positive attitude, the ability to regulate emotions and the ability to see failure as a form of feedback. Even after a misfortune like Kidney Disease, with such an outlook resilient CKD patients are able to change course and soldier on.

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Although many people suffering with CKD are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from their problems and challenges; generally these individuals suffering with CKD are slower to recover from setbacks and may experience more psychological distress as a result. Those who lack this resilience may instead become overwhelmed by their condition. They may dwell on their problems and use unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with their challenges. Bear-in-mind that resilience does not eliminate stress or erase life's difficulties. Instead, it gives you the strength to tackle problems head on, overcome adversity and move on with your life. 

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Reference: Rowe-Forde, Peta. "Psychology With Peta." The Advocate