In brief: Sick, not sad

In Brief

Sick, not sad

People who don't have to live with chronic illness or the long-term effects of a debilitating injury sometimes imagine the prospect with dread; they may envision themselves consumed by frustration, regret, and depression. It isn't so, several studies have shown.

In one of the studies, researchers looked at 49 patients with failing kidneys who required a strict diet and hours of hemodialysis at least three times a week. They were compared to 49 healthy controls matched for age, race, sex, and education.

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