Diabetes Distress

Living with diabetes involves more than just managing blood sugar levels; it encompasses a complex interplay of physical, emotional, and psychological factors. The constant demands of diabetes management can lead to feelings of frustration, anxiety, guilt, and a sense of helplessness. Diabetes distress is fairly common; about 1 in 4 people living with Type 1 diabetes and 1 in 5 people living with Type 2 diabetes experience high levels of distress. Diabetes distress has a significant impact on diabetes management and wellbeing.

What is Diabetes Distress?

Diabetes distress, refers to the emotional impact resulting from the challenge of living with the demands of diabetes. These demands may stem from:

  • The burden of relentless self-management
  • Living with or the prospect of complications
  • Financial implications
  • Managing difficult social situations, e.g., stigma, discrimination, lack of understanding.

Recognising the Signs

It’s crucial to recognise the signs of diabetes distress, as they can impact an individual’s ability to effectively manage their condition. Common indicators include heightened stress levels, changes in mood, disengaging from diabetes management tasks (e.g., skipping insulin doses, not attending medical appointments), uncontrolled eating, and risk-taking behaviours. Diabetes distress can fluctuate over time, but may peak during challenging periods such as after diagnosis or during changes to treatment.

Diabetes Counselling Norwich

Here at Angsana Psychology, we provide diabetes counselling in Norwich, which aims to address the emotional and psychological aspects of living with diabetes. As a clinical psychologist, Dr Jinnie Ooi creates a safe and supportive space for those with diabetes to express their feelings and concerns. By recognising and addressing diabetes distress, we work to empower individuals to live a full and satisfying life, despite the challenges of diabetes. Through tailored therapeutic interventions, we help our clients to develop coping strategies, enhance resilience, and improve their overall quality of life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes burnout, contact us to schedule initial assessment with our psychologist in Norwich, where we will discuss your physical health, and the difficulties you are experiencing with diabetes, before creating a plan to move forwards.

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