Emotions have a large effect on your life and your diabetes management. For anyone living with diabetes, experiencing negative emotions such as anger, frustration, hopelessness, diabetes distress, fear, guilt, depression, anxiety, diabetes burnout, stress, and shame is very common.
The negative emotions and thought patterns that many individuals with diabetes incur can cause people to ignore their treatment and engage in unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or refusing to take medications. Studies on depression and diabetes show when depression is treated, both mood levels and blood glucose levels improve.
However, these are all treatable disorders. It is important to pay attention to your feelings about having diabetes or taking care of someone who has diabetes. Having support to live with diabetes is essential.
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Consider the following steps that can be helpful in changing unhealthy habits and managing thoughts and behaviors. From https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/diabetes Get the facts. Learning about diabetes and understanding your specific diagnosis will help you make informed decisions to manage your condition. Prior to a visit to your physician or other health care provider, consider making a list… Read more