DIABETES AND MENTAL HEALTH
Post by on Sunday, July 25, 2021
If you are experiencing negative emotions such as anger, frustration, hopelessness, fear, guilt and shame after being diagnosed with diabetes or any chronic condition, you are not alone.
According to NICE (NICE, 2005) when a person is first diagnosed with diabetes, they will often go through similar psychological stages as that of bereavement:
Disbelief > Denial > Anger > Depression
So there is wisdom in allowing yourself to feel these emotions. They are a natural response to life-changing news. Keep in mind that you have resources you can use to help you cope with these feelings. You can speak to your doctor or discuss with a counselor (usually a social worker or psychologist) who is experienced in helping people with the emotional difficulties that come with a chronic illness like diabetes.
Dr Shariq Masoodi
Senior Endocrinologist SKIMS Soura