If you’re living with diabetes, you probably know what it’s like to have those days when managing your diabetes is just seems like too much work. Like when your numbers are still not where they should be. Or you’re asking yourself if you can take those diet restrictions one more day. Maybe you’re having to switch to another regimen.
Living with diabetes is not an easy road. And it’s not uncommon to hit a stretch where you feel like diabetes is kicking you around and not about to let up anytime soon. When that happens, a lot of emotions come up. Feeling sad, disappointed, maybe even kind of hopeless. No wonder it’s not uncommon for people living with diabetes to also be diagnosed with depression.
But is it depression? Recent research has led healthcare professionals to take a second look at what it means when diabetics experience depression symptoms. Dr. Lawrence Fisher, of the University of California, San Francisco, lead author of an important new study, uses the term “diabetes distress” to describe symptoms of depression that might be the result of the challenges of living with diabetes and not what professionals have been diagnosing as depression.
Essentially, the research on diabetes distress is concluding that it is normal to experience feelings like sadness and frustration when you are living with a chronic condition like diabetes. And if it’s normal, then the diagnosis of depression may not always apply.
Here’s a link to an article I recently wrote for Diabetic Connect:
What’s it been like for you? Do you think you have experienced diabetic distress at some point? Have you talked to your doctor about feeling down? How has the conversation gone? Have you received any additional emotional support?
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