For people with diabetes and mental health issues, solving your psychological issues is fundamental to taking care of your diabetes. For certain individuals, medicine is needed; for others, holistic options like yoga and acupuncture may help. At times, it is a combination of both. About everyone can profit emotionally from weekly talk-therapy sessions.

What are the best options for you personally? Delineating the best course of action takes patience and time. It’s important to collaborate with a Psychotherapist, Certified Diabetes Educator, or even a Psychiatrist if needed. If you live with Attention Deficit Disorder, psychiatric medication will help with the day-to-day maintenance required for diabetes—but implementing good management techniques does not occur overnight. Individuals suffering from depression, anxiety or other mood disorders may find medication very helpful and should give it a fair try. If it ends up working for you, great! You may have to try several medications before landing on the right one for you. If you choose not to go on psychiatric medications, you could always try alternative medications under your doctor’s supervision, of course.

  1. Whether you chose to go on medication or not talk therapy is an excellent way to get non-bias support. No one method will work for all. While making an informed decision as to whether you are going to start medication. Think, about this:
  2. Psychiatric medication helps to balance the mind. It helps individuals who fight to manage their diabetes focus on diabetes-related tasks needed for healthy control.
  3. While medication isn’t a magic pill that will take away the issues you face, they help millions lead healthier and more balanced lives.
  4. People are different! The course of action that will work for you most likely will not work for your friend who may be living with similar issues.
  5. Only you can determine what is best for you. However, it is important to listen to the expert’s medical advice. It’s their job to help you help yourself.
  6. Working on one’s health is hard work, and developing healthy coping mechanisms will take time and diligence, regardless of your decision to take medication or not. It’s about you making a commit to yourself and sticking with it.

Only mental health professional have the knowledge needed to give a proper diagnosis and properly prescribe medication. Your general practitioner should refer you to a specialist instead of prescribing medications.
It’s imperative to keep in mind that the road to emotional and physical health is a long one, and you may have some setbacks along the way. Take the setbacks in stride, and keep your eye on the prize: a healthier and happier you.

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.

For more information go to his website or Facebook Page or set up a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if talk therapy is right for you.

Medical Disclaimer:
All the advice included in this blog is therapeutic in nature and should not be considered medical advice. Prior to making any changes to your diabetes maintenance program, please consult with your primary physician or endocrinologist.

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