Psychiatric issues in renal failure and dialysis

Indian J Nephrol. 2008 Apr;18(2):47-50. doi: 10.4103/0971-4065.42337.


This article aims to bring to the fore, issues regarding the interface of psychiatry and renal failure. Depression, anxiety, suicide and delirium are common complications observed in patients with renal failure. Pharmacological management of these problems need stringent monitoring on part of the psychiatrist. This article examines the various complications that may be observed in patients with renal failure while discussing treatment approaches and also emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary team work in improving the quality of life of patients with renal failure and those on dialysis.

Keywords: Dialysis; psychiatric aspects; renal failure.