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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 217-221

Depression, anxiety and anger levels in spouses of hemodialysis patients

Department of Clinical Psychology, Uskudar University, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Remziye Keskin
Uskudar University, Institute of Social Sciences, Uskudar, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnbs.jnbs_6_21

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Aim: Different and changing roles in the lives of the spouses of hemodialysis patients could be perceived as a major stress factor due to their partners' diseases with their emotional burden and certain responsibilities related to the disease. Along with these stressors, people could manifest certain symptoms of depression and anxiety and have difficulty adapting to changing living conditions. The aim of this study is to determine the depression, anxiety and anger levels in spouses of hemodialysis patients. Materials and Methods: The study consisted of 50 spouses whose partners were currently receiving hemodialysis and 50 healthy controls in Istanbul in Turkey. Both groups were matched based on their gender and ages. Participants in the study were asked to complete the Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, Spielberger Trait Anger and Anger Expression Inventory for collecting data. Results: The findings indicated that the treatment process of hemodialysis patients and the disease itself had negative outcomes on the mental health of their spouses. Anxiety, depression, and anger scores were found to be significantly higher among hemodialysis patients' spouses as compared to healthy controls. Conclusion: As a result of these findings, possible psychosocial needs of patients undergoing hemodialysis and their spouses should be evaluated together and psychological support and interventions should be provided for improvement of their stress-coping skills.

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