Navigating a Diabetes Diagnosis: How to Manage Mental and Physical Health
The Emotional Side of Receiving a Diabetes Diagnosis
Mental Health Symptoms for Diabetes Patients to Monitor
- change in sleep habits
- loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- difficulty concentrating
- declining performance at school or work
- loss of energy
- change in appetite
- Pay attention to feelings that may signal the need for help managing and processing emotions.
- Talk to your health care provider about your concerns to identify changes that can be made to your care plan and if additional care from a mental health professional is needed.
- Ask for help from your support system, which can include family members and friends.
Balancing Mental Health and Physical Health in Diabetes Patients
How to Support Someone With Diabetes
Diabetes Resources for Further Reading
- Diabetes Distress and Depression – National Health Institute
- Diabetes Distress: Dealing With the Weight of Diabetes (PDF, 190 KB) – Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
- Emotional Regulation and Diabetes Distress in Adults With Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
- Managing the Emotional Challenges of Living With Type 1 Diabetes (PDF, 2.6 MB) – Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
- Study: The Association Between Diabetes-Related Distress and Medication Adherence in Adult Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
- Type 1 Diabetes Self-Care Manual – American Diabetes Association