A diagnosis of diabetes can be followed by feelings of anger, denial, anxiety or depression. In my own case, I indulged in a large dose of denial. After all, although I was diagnosed as being type-2 I didn’t feel unwell or have any form of symptoms to remind me that I had the condition.
For a while after my diagnosis my attitude was, just ignore it and it might go away. I buried my head in the sand — which is never a good idea where health matters are concerned. Eventually I came to my senses and started to accept the situation and take the issues more seriously.
We are all different and we all experience things in different ways. No two people deal with the same thing in the same way. You can throw any challenge at some people and they will always find something positive to take from the experience.
On the other hand, there are those who suffer great mental anguish when faced with challenges – especially those challenges that involve chronic ill-health. It all becomes too much for some people and they sink into a deep depression.
According to BUPA, approximately one in ten people will experience depression at some time in their life. And, depression is all too common amongst diabetes sufferers.
For diabetes sufferers, looking after your mental well-being can be every bit as important as taking care of the physiological issues associated with the condition. (If your mind isn’t in the right place, you are unlikely to manage your physical symptoms effectively).
Support is often the key to managing the mental health issues associated with diabetes. Having a good support system, whether it is from family, friends or fellow sufferers is an essential tool to help you manage the psychological issues associated with chronic illness.
If you are suffering any mental health issues I would first discuss them with your GP. I would also recommend contacting a local support group where you can meet other people that are experiencing the same issues as you.
Above all, don’t suffer in silence.