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Diabetes Mental Health and Counseling Services

Living a life with diabetes may at times make you feel sad, angry, hopeless or stressed out. On top of other life responsibilities, diabetes requires that you think about everything you eat, every activity you do or don’t do, and their effects on your blood glucose levels. You may get so fed up (“burnt-out”)dealing with diabetes that you stop caring for yourself properly. It may interfere with your relationships with others.

People with diabetes are also more likely to have depression or anxiety disorders. Girls and young women with diabetes are particularly prone to eating disorders. These are all dangerous combinations because they can mean that attention is not being paid to proper care. This increases the chances that down the road you or your loved one will develop the life-threatening complications of diabetes.

Emotional Issues Related to Diabetes

Emotional health is critical to staying on the pathway to good health. We can help you or your loved one with a variety of issues that commonly affect someone with diabetes.

  • Adjustment to the diagnosis
  • Concerns about not being able to stick with your diabetes care plan
  • Dealing with complications of diabetes
  • Eating problems
  • Burn-out
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Work and family stress
  • Marital issues
  • Family adjustment
  • A child’s school difficulties or behavior problems
  • Parenting issues

Discussion Boards

We also sponsor discussion boards to give you an opportunity to communicate with others who have diabetes and their families. There you can learn more about diabetes, find support, and discover new ways to handle the many difficult challenges. We have separate discussion boards for adults with diabetes, for teens, and for the parents of teens with diabetes. All are moderated by healthcare professionals.

Whether it’s you or a family member who has diabetes, we’re here to help you cope with the personal side of diabetes. We offer a variety of clinical services for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. We will coordinate our care with the rest of your diabetes healthcare team.

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Although women with type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to develop eating disorders as those without diabetes, finding appropriate treatment options can be daunting. Joslin Diabetes Center and Walden Behavioral Care are collaborating to provide treatment programs for patients who have eating disorders and type 1 diabetes.

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Page last updated: April 17, 2014