Support Group

SSMDAN
By SSMDAN Latest Reply 2018-02-12 12:33:22 -0600
Started 2018-02-08 11:01:27 -0600

Hello all! I am a new social worker at an inner city hospital. I am implementing a psycho-educational diabetes support group and I am looking for good discussion topics and questions to help facilitate talking among group members. Does anyone in the community have any advise or suggestions for discussions?

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


4 replies

suecsdy
suecsdy 2018-02-12 12:33:22 -0600 Report

Diabetes 101; how insulin affects the body, what it's function is and what happens when it doesn't work right. Different types of diabetes meds. Ideas for healthy meals and snacks, and recipes. Maybe once, diabetic cooking for 1.

NewSong53
NewSong53 2018-02-12 11:08:58 -0600 Report

If I were a patient I might have questions about the role of low thyroid function (sometimes undiagnosed) and how it can interfere with weight loss. Fatigue, hair loss, low body temperature, depression can be symptoms, as well as many others. Also, the importance of lots of water and moderate exercise — and resistance exercises, for lowering insulin resistance for type 2s. How to eat healthy on a budget, how to cook for a family and yourself without having to make separate meals (using seasonings, sauces, etc. on theirs upon serving). Maybe websites (not ADA) where they can find helpful information. Thank you for doing this important work.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2018-02-12 09:12:14 -0600 Report

Embracing the diagnosis and the need to make changes to life-long dietary and exercise habits would be good topics.

Luis65
Luis65 2018-02-10 20:02:21 -0600 Report

I just read up on psycho-educational and psycho-social diabetes support groups and I know that I do not have the expertise to help you. As far as education; diets that work (not necessarily ADA approved), exercise programs, stress relieving exercises, an understanding how meds work. Then there are the complications of diabetes that can lead to real life changing events.

Psychological topics need to address denial, self destructive behavior for both the diabetic and family. Some coping mechanisms to help in dealing with well meaning people that encourage the diabetic to fall off the wagon of good control.

As I said at the beginning I really don't know what these support groups are about. I just writing off the top of my head.