Allegheny Health Network’s AHN Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Health can help you deal with completely natural emotions, such as stress, sadness, anger, and denial before they lead to a more serious state of depression.
The following are signs that you may need medical support to help deal with your emotions:
Everyone deals with stress. However, managing stress is even more important when you have diabetes. Stress can increase or decrease blood sugar. At the AHN Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Health, we can help you find ways to manage stress so you can improve your overall health.
Most people with diabetes don’t suffer from the symptoms of depression; however, research shows that people with diabetes are at higher risk of depression than those without diabetes.
The answer as to why is complicated. If, for example, the diabetes is poorly controlled, it can cause symptoms that look like depression, such as fatigue, anxiety, disturbed sleep, and overeating.
Diabetes is also the perfect breeding ground for other symptoms of depression, such as anger and denial. For example, you may feel angry that diabetes has changed your life. Then you may refuse to face healthcare needs because you refuse to change our life. Your diabetes then goes uncared for and your blood sugar levels remain high. As your disease goes on poorly controlled, your anger about your situation grows. Feelings of loss, sadness, anger, and denial are common. It is important to recognize the signs of depression and get the help you need.
At Allegheny Health Network, our Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) can help you with the emotional aspects of managing your diabetes, as well as other barriers to maximizing your overall health and well-being.
Areas of focus may include: