Living with diabetes can be very frustrating at times. Low and high blood sugars can get in the way of everything from taking a test at school to having sex. Understanding what the underlying causes of these frustrations are about can help reduce anxiety and stress. Several things cause frustration when living with diabetes. It’s…… Continue reading Dealing: Frustrations of Diabetes!
In a recent blog, I discuss how difficult it is to die from a low blood sugar. But, what did I mean when I said “low blood sugar?” Almost everyone interprets the meaning differently. Even different diabetes organizations can’t agree on a number that sugar has to drop below to be considered low. After a…… Continue reading Death by Sugar: Fears & Reality.
For people with diabetes and mental health issues, solving your psychological matters is fundamental to taking care of your diabetes. For specific 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 talk-therapy. What are the best…… Continue reading Diabetes Help, Finding Emotional Help!
Depression appears to have a higher rate in people with diabetes than the general public. Diagnosing depression in a person with diabetes can be tricky. Most mental health professionals do not rule out diabetes before making a diagnosis. When you put the symptoms for depression next to high blood sugars, they are virtually identical. Food…… Continue reading Depression: Ruling Out Diabetes
“Halloween night was great!” My client recalled his first Halloween as a child living with diabetes, where he got tons of candy, and since he could no longer have it every day, he was looking forward to it more than ever. In denial, he had made himself believe he would be able to keep it.…… Continue reading Halloween Past II
I lived in fear after being diagnosed with diabetes. Most people don’t know the fear that comes with being told that if you make one mistake, you could die. A tightrope walker may fear to fall off, but they made a choice to walk the tight wire, and within a minute, their walk is over.…… Continue reading Fear of Dying & The Realities of Diabetes!
How does anyone understand the complexities of diabetes? Isn’t it as simple as following a routine? Unfortunately not! The emotional roller coaster that is diabetes abounds every which way you look. There are many reasons people with diabetes seem to have emotional problems. Some individuals have legitimate mental health issues, and if you are having…… Continue reading Family Conflict: Frustration or Blood Sugars
Support is hard to find even misleading at times. The family is supposed to be supportive but, what some people think is supportive, may feel just the opposite. Here is the dilemma at hand: Friends, family, and loved ones may believe that they’re supportive but, instead, they may be overly protective or punitive towards the…… Continue reading Diabetes & The Pitfalls of Support!
A lot of people living with diabetes have a tendency to blame themselves when things go wrong with their diabetes. There is so much pressure from doctors, parents and ourselves that we tend to internalize and equate how successful we are as individuals with how well we manage our diabetes. Diabetes can become the focus…… Continue reading Success With Diabetes?
So it came to my attention recently that siblings have a difficult time after their brother or sister gets diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. All the attention for the siblings not living with diabetes disappears, as the family rallies around the child living with diabetes. Although, attention around being sick is not…… Continue reading Diabetes Impact: Brothers & Sisters