Are You a Moody Diabetic?

In the United States over 25 million people live with diabetes.  The main types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2 – impact millions of Americans every day and may lead to physical health problems like kidney disease, stroke, and hearing or vision problems. However, what many people don’t realize is that diabetes influences a person’s physical and mental health.

For example, did you know there is a relationship between diabetes and anxiety, depression, and eating disorders?  Many people may not realize that diabetes may double the likelihood of experiencing depression. Living with diabetes can be a significant challenge, and may result in feelings of frustration, helplessness, increased stress, or feeling generally overwhelmed. Moreover, people with diabetes may experience social pressures, such as having family and friends who don’t fully appreciate how diabetes can change one’s life.

Psychologists understand problems with diabetic self-care because they have extensive training in behavioral interventions such as stress management and motivational interviewing. Seeking support for the psychological effects of diabetes could improve overall functioning and promote general self-care behaviors. For example, lifestyle interventions have been shown to reduce the risks of diabetes by 58%. Moreover, contacting support from a psychologist can help you better understand how diabetes changes cognitive functioning.

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, please consider contacting a licensed psychologist to learn about strategies to promote your healthiness.