While it may not be the first symptom you think of, emotional issues are common in people with diabetes. It's important for both your mental and physical health to address and manage these issues as well as possible. Leaving emotional issues alone may lead to poor adherence to your diabetes care plan, which can put you at risk for diabetes complications. Let's review a few of the common emotional issues that may come with diabetes:


If you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may feel it is not real, or have trouble believing that diabetes is really your correct diagnosis. This is not an uncommon response to overwhelming news, so you're not going crazy - you just need some time to process your diagnosis and what it's going to mean for your lifestyle. Moving past denial happens naturally for most people. However, if you're avoiding your doctor or any tests or medications you need, seek professional help to come to terms with your diabetes - if you don't, you may damage your health.


Though it may feel like a very unpleasant emotion, guilt often serves a purpose. It allows us to reflect on what we have done wrong and make changes to prevent similar mistakes in the future. However, sometimes guilt is misplaced. People who have Type 2 diabetes sometimes feel guilty, believing their condition is their fault and they should castigate themselves for it. There are many factors that lead to a diabetes diagnosis, however, and guilt will not help manage any of them. Acknowledging and letting go of your guilt is likely to be the best strategy for moving forward.

Anxiety and depression

The stress of managing a chronic condition like diabetes may lead to anxiety and depression. These are understandable emotions to go through - after all, diabetes is a serious disease, and it can be tiring and confusing to deal with. However, if you notice your feelings of anxiety or depression persist or are very severe, it's time to talk to your doctor. Sometimes, negative emotions are related to blood sugar control. There may be steps you can take in that area to improve your feelings, as well as seeking mental health care if necessary.

For more on coping with diabetes:

7 Steps to Help Make a Bad Day Better
Building Resilience to Take on Diabetes Challenges
Adjusting Expectations to Meet the Reality of Diabetes