Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Living with Type 1 Diabetes

February 20 2024 TalktoAngel 0 comments 96 Views

Type I diabetes is usually diagnosed during adolescence and early childhood but the majority of cases are diagnosed in adulthood. Despite the significant advances in the treatment of this disease, the condition is associated with a greater chance of developing macro- and microvascular complications. It is widely acknowledged that living with and managing Type 1 Diabetes, both with and without complications, can be emotionally challenging, affecting mental health and social performance. It is also evidence that indicates that type 1 diabetes can be associated with mild to moderate cognitive impairments, also called decrements, throughout adulthood and childhood. It is less well-known the effects that type 1 diabetes has on the cognitive function of older people (age over 65 years) or their risk of developing dementia. The type 1 form of diabetes as well as the related acute and chronic complications can be extremely detrimental to the cognitive, emotional, and social performance of a person who suffers from diabetes.

Patients with type 1 diabetes are more susceptible to mental health problems such as diabetes-related distress anxiety, depression, and eating disorder. But, they are all manageable conditions. It is essential to take note of your feelings regarding having diabetes or caring for those with diabetes. Discuss your concerns with your doctor and Clinical Psychologist at TalktoAngel, your diabetic educator or any other person you are comfortable with. They can assist you in connecting to mental health treatment regardless of whether you are with counsellors, Online Therapists or psychiatrist, or social workers.  Sometimes, speaking to a loved one with diabetes could also help.

Diabetes and Emotions

A lot of people who have diabetes realize that being diagnosed with diabetes can cause uncomfortable and unpleasant feelings. One of the questions which is frequently asked is why having diabetes can be so difficult and what triggers negative feelings. It's not an easy one to answer. Being diagnosed and having a chronic disease such as diabetes can be difficult and, as we've spoken about in the past, managing the balance of everything essential to be able to live with diabetes can be difficult. Even if you're doing everything you're "supposed" to accomplish, it can be a challenge and a source of frustration. If you're not able to accomplish everything you're "supposed" to accomplish. This can trigger feelings of stress, guilt and even despair. 

Diabetes and Relationship

Diabetes has a significant impact on the way people live with diabetes, conduct their lifestyle and communicate with others and can be particularly challenging in relation with friends and family. The stress and negative feelings may hinder the ability of people to maintain relationships, as well as the ability to form relationships even. That's not adding diabetes into the mix. The importance of relationships is a major aspect of human life and are an integral part of many people's well-being. when it affects relationships, and it does, it can result in an extreme amount of stress.

Diabetes and Behaviour

It is believed that everything we've been discussing until now has a connection to the behaviour. Many people require treatment for mental health issues because of the circumstances or emotional state can cause them to act. Being diagnosed with diabetes, the stress it causes (the circumstances) and the way the person experience (the emotions) and the effect the condition has on relationships with other people intersect and may cause you to be unable to act the way you'd like to. For some who has diabetes, this is adhering with their treatment regimen to take good care of their health. 

There are many individuals with diabetes who lead fulfilling lives and have satisfying relationships. If you're experiencing stress related to diabetes, be aware that it is possible to improve. However, before we can resolve the issue, we need to consider the issue and determine what it is. Talk to professional Online Counsellor to discuss related mental health issues. 

Diabetes Distress

The overwhelming emotions, referred to as distress from diabetes, could make you fall in unhealthy routines, cease monitoring your blood sugar levels, and even avoiding doctor's appointments. It's a common occurrence for the majority of people with diabetes, usually even after years of excellent control. Within any one year between 33 percent and 50 percent of those with the disease suffer from diabetes-related distress.

Diabetic distress may look as if it's anxiety or depression, however, it's not effectively treated by medication. Instead, these strategies have been proven to aid:

  • Be sure to see an endocrinologist for treatment of diabetes. They're likely to have a greater understanding of the issues with diabetes than your regular physician.
  • Request your physician to recommend you to a mental health professional or a clinical psychologist who specializes in chronic health issues.

Support

The emotional aspect of support, though not typically thought of as a priority as a factor, is a crucial one in the care of diabetics. It is a way to connect with others with diabetes who face familiar signs like the daily grind of counting carbs analyzing blood glucose numerous times a day, and navigating the diverse levels and lows (both psychological and physical). Positive living with diabetes can be crucial to the success of your diabetes.

Care for the mental well-being of your family

Monitoring blood glucose levels, adjusting insulin, planning meals, and taking good care of your physical requirements are crucial. It's an enormous amount of work and can be physically draining. It's normal to be annoyed or frustrated with dealing with the disease. It's an indication of strength to seek assistance from a qualified mental health professional or the Best Psychologist in India.

Maintaining your mental and physical health is vital to good control of diabetes. Being physically healthy is only half the battle. Feeling confident about yourself will allow you to take good care of yourself. Manage your natural emotions such as anger, sadness, stress, and denial before they turn into depression. Get Online Counseling through TalktoAngel to manage such stressors.

Contribution by: Dr (Prof) R K SuriBest Clinical Psychologist & Life Coach & Mr. Utkarsh YadavCounselling Psychologist

 

 



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