36 years ago in the hospital, I had just turned six years old and was diagnosed that same day with Juvenile diabetes. The doctor was nice! After being diagnosed, I learned that I could die. I put up a good front in those days. It looked like I accepted the diagnosis and dealt with the…… Continue reading Change, Deceit & Diabetes
Diabetes & Dealing with Change!
It’s early morning, about 2 am, I think, and I am in a sterile room. I can’t fall asleep with this thing attached to me. I feel like a prisoner and just want to get out. But, that warden won’t let me. When I came here, they told me that I was lucky. I think…… Continue reading Diabetes & Dealing with Change!
Balancing the chemical equation: Diabetes & Mental Wellness!
For patients with both diabetes and a psychiatric disorder, resolving your mental health issues is vital to managing your diabetes care. For some people medication is necessary; for others, holistic practices like meditation and yoga help. Sometimes it’s a combination of the two. Just about everyone can benefit from weekly or biweekly therapy sessions. But…… Continue reading Balancing the chemical equation: Diabetes & Mental Wellness!
Diabetes: Don't tell me what to do!
A few years back, a parent came to me in crisis. The parent’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Kristen, was struggling to care for herself, and didn’t seem to care. Kirsten was failing school, on the verge of being held back, not checking her blood sugar or taking her insulin consistently, and contemplating suicide. Kristen had Oppositional Defiant…… Continue reading Diabetes: Don't tell me what to do!
The Diabetic Binge
Hypoglycemic reactions cause many problems for people with diabetes. It’s important to take 3-4 glucose tablet, or juice drink to counteract the hypoglycemia. However, many “overcorrect” for the low blood glucose—and start to binge. What Is a Diabetic Binge? It is when you continue to eat after eating the appropriate grams of carbohydrates, has been…… Continue reading The Diabetic Binge
How Denial and Diabetes Impacted My Life
Now, I am going to discuss how denial changed or didn’t change me, as well as the impact denial, had on my life. Where in my previous blog, “Diabetes: Losing Your Way of Living Life,” I talked about denial and the impact it had on my diagnosis day. The diagnosis was a death sentence back…… Continue reading How Denial and Diabetes Impacted My Life
Diabetes: Losing Your Way of Living Life
In my previous blog, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Blood Sugars; I addressed thought management around high and low blood sugar episodes. But what if you don’t have diabetes? When I was growing up, life was grand. I remember playing with my father in the backyard on the swing set he built. It was…… Continue reading Diabetes: Losing Your Way of Living Life
Helping Your Teenager With Diabetes Fit In
My name is Eliot LeBow, and I am a diabetes-focused psychotherapist and life coach. I help people with diabetes reinvent life, helping them move forward positively, productively, and with high hopes. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 1977. I have dedicated my life to helping other people with diabetes in the New York Metro area.…… Continue reading Helping Your Teenager With Diabetes Fit In
Misdiagnosed: depressed or diabetes? (Video Blog)
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…… Continue reading Misdiagnosed: depressed or diabetes? (Video Blog)
Managing Relationships & Diabetes
One of the biggest problems with diabetes, is being in a relationship when one’s blood sugar is high, there is a tendency to get in a depressed mood. High blood sugars cause a lot of issues in relationships. If your partner doesn’t recognize that you are in a high blood sugar state, then she/he may…… Continue reading Managing Relationships & Diabetes