Thursday, December 8, 2011

Type 2 Diabetes - Diabetes and Mental Health

It is often difficult for unaffected individuals to understand the link between Type 2 diabetes and mental health issues but it is certainly there. Dealing with diabetes can be overwhelming which sparks feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, denial and depression. This is especially true in newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics. Finding out that you have a potentially deadly, and certainly life altering, disease can be devastating.

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Anger is often the first emotion experienced by a person who has just received a Type 2 diagnosis. You may feel angry, not only at the fact you have Type 2 diabetes but also at those around you who don't. It's natural!

Let yourself be angry for a minute if you must and then move on. The more intense your anger, the more likely it is your behavior will be inappropriate. Dwelling on how unfair it is will do nothing to help your condition. Remember everyone has something annoying and frustrating they have to deal with, even if you can't always see it.

The next emotion is denial. When you are done feeling angry, you may think you need a second opinion. Doctors have been wrong before, right? Chances are good that your doctor is experienced in diagnosing Type 2 diabetes but if you feel as though you need another opinion to put your mind at ease, make an appointment with a second doctor.

Fear may set in once you come to terms with the fact you do have diabetes. How are you going to manage it? Will you have to prepare special meals and how will your family take it? Is your insurance going to cover your medication? A lot of questions will race through your mind because you probably aren't aware you can manage this disease with a little helpful guidance.

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