Hello, and welcome to my video blog. I’m a Licensed psychotherapist on the Upper Westside Manhattan. Today’s topic is going to be on the importance of good blood sugar control when going to see the psychiatrist. A lot of times diabetics get misdiagnosed, with issues, they don’t have. For example, depression as well as high blood sugar very similar symptoms. What can be seen as a lack of motivation can’t simply be high blood sugars, causing the lack of motivation.
However, if your blood sugar is normal, and you’re still having trouble doing things and can’t get off the couch. Then there is a good chance that that symptom isn’t related to diabetes, but related to psychiatric issues. It’s imperative that you take high blood sugar into account when you’re going to see the psychiatrist. It is important to tell the psychiatrist that you have diabetes. Inform them of the symptoms if they’re not aware of the symptoms that come along with high blood sugars so that they can make the most informed choice.
Another thing you can do, is that you can go to your endocrinologist and discuss the symptoms you are having. Get their opinion as to whether the symptoms are related to diabetes, or they are more related to a psychiatric disorder. It is always good to get a second opinion when you have diabetes around psychiatric conditions. Unless you are seeing psychotherapist that specializes in diabetes like myself, it is important to get the second opinion.
You can also visit a certified diabetes educator who can help you go over your symptoms and then refer you to psychotherapist or psychiatrist, if necessary. All in all, just make sure that your blood sugars are under your best control when you go to visit the psychiatrist, the psychiatrists are informed and get a second opinion. Telling the psychiatrist is crucial because, there are a lot of people getting missed diagnosed because they are not upfront about their diabetes-related issues they face.
Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, is a diabetes-focused psychotherapist. His private practice, located in New York City and is also available via Skype. LeBow, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 1977, treats the many diverse cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
All the advice included in this blog is therapeutic in nature and should not be considered medical advice. Before making any changes to your diabetes maintenance program, please consult with your primary physician or endocrinologist.