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Behavioral Health Services

Living a life with diabetes may at times make you feel sad, angry, hopeless or stressed out. On top of other life responsibilities, diabetes requires that you think about everything you eat, every activity you do or don’t do, and their effects on your blood glucose levels. You may get so fed up (“burnt-out”) dealing with diabetes that you stop caring for yourself properly. It may interfere with your relationships with others.

People with diabetes are also more likely to have depression or anxiety disorders. Girls and young women with diabetes are particularly prone to eating disorders. These are all dangerous combinations because they can mean that attention is not being paid to proper care. This increases the chances that down the road you or your loved one will develop the life-threatening complications of diabetes.


Emotional Issues Related to Diabetes

Emotional health is critical to staying on the pathway to good health. We can help you or your loved one with a variety of issues that commonly affect someone with diabetes.

  • Adjustment to the diagnosis
  • Concerns about not being able to stick with your diabetes care plan
  • Dealing with complications of diabetes
  • Eating problems
  • Burn-out
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Work and family stress
  • Marital issues
  • Family adjustment
  • A child’s school difficulties or behavior problems
  • Parenting issues

 

Page last updated: September 26, 2017