Latino Diabetes Initiative - Mental Health
The Latino Diabetes Initiative Mental Health program offers bilingual (Spanish and English) individual and group therapy sessions that take into account the cultural and social factors associated with a diagnosis of diabetes. Lucila Halperin is a psychology intern finishing up her doctoral studies and is available in the clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays.
People with diabetes are more likely to also have a diagnosis of depression or anxiety, adding further difficulty to one's ability to maintain appropriate self-care and increasing the likelihood of experiencing diabetes-related complications over time.
For anyone, being told you have diabetes can at times seem so challenging that it is common to experience feelings of stress, sadness, anger or hopelessness. For example, the constant and numerous responsbilities associated with diabetes require an individual to always be thinking about what they eat, how much or how little they exercise and how all of this impacts blood glucose levels.
For Latinos, the added pressure of acculturation and adapting to the customs of a new country, living far from loved ones, immigration and employment status may further contribute to diabetes-related stress and worries. At times, the build-up of all of these emotions may interfere with relationships or lead to so much frustration and "burn out" that a person stops caring for him or herself properly.
Frequent emotional issues experienced by Latinos with diabetes:
depression anxiety emotional factors associated with immigration or acculturation hopelessness related to a recent diagnosis of diabetes little motivation to take care of oneself stress around sticking to a meal plan family-related stress life transitions
If you have experienced any of these feelings
or would like to learn more about our mental health services,
please call us at (617) 309-2490.
Page last updated: April 19, 2014