Coping with Diabetes
Being diagnosed with diabetes is an emotional roller coaster ride. When people first learn they have diabetes, they go through many different phases: denial, anger, anxiety, shock and depression.
These can happen in any order or stall on one emotion for years! And even after people have accepted they have diabetes, they feel guilty when they get off track or can be overwhelmed with all of the tasks they are expected to do.
This often leads to anxiety, distress, stress and possible depression.
*Because of these concerns, it is important for people with diabetes to find healthy ways to cope. Support can be found in family members, friends and on the diabetes team. It is important to stay positive and keep a “can do” attitude. Even when things don’t go as you hoped.
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