Diabetes affects your emotionsboth directly and indirectly
- Poorly controlled blood sugar can directly affect your emotions by causing behaviour changes and mood swings. When you get diagnosed with any chronic disease like diabetes, you will also most likely experience a wide range of emotions – from denial and anger to stress, grief, and sadness.
- You might feel overwhelmed with the burden of the condition and the need to continuously manage it. This is called Diabetes Distress and it is completely normal to feel this way.
- It is also very important to cope with such emotions before they lead to depression and other conditions that can affect your mental health and well-being, and eventually your ability and motivation to self-manage your condition and monitor and control your blood glucose levels.
- The good news is that there are many ways you can address and deal with the emotional side of diabetes, from simple techniques you can do at home, to making simple lifestyle changes, to seeking help from your healthcare provider if these emotions get in the way of properly managing your illness.
- Our physicians at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre can help you problem-solve your concerns about diabetes or suggest the proper professional help you may need to manage your emotions.
Depression and Diabetes
Spotting depression & seeking help
Spotting depression is the first step before seeking help. If you have been persistently experiencing low mood and a feeling of sadness and loss of interest that is interfering with your everyday activities for more than two weeks, check for the below symptoms.
If you have three or more of these symptoms, it is time you speak to your physician who will refer you to a professional for treatment:
- Loss of pleasure
- Change in sleep patterns
- Change in appetite
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of energy
- Morning sadness
- Suicidal thoughts
Anxiety and Diabetes
Spotting anxiety & seeking help
Check for the below symptoms and if you have one or more, do not hesitate to talk to you doctor and diabetes healthcare team who will refer you to a professional for treatment:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Tense muscles
Treatment for anxiety and depression can improve diabetes control, your psychological well-being and quality of life. At Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, we are truly passionate about our work and try our best to create an empathetic therapeutic environment that is non-judgmental and patient-focused.
Our approach is very open, honest and always encourages power-sharing. Our Psychology Clinic specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of psychological problems affecting adults, children, adolescents and families.
- Couples, family and relationship conflict
- Emotional and behavioural disorders in Children
- Emotional and behavioural disorders in Adolescents
- Learning disorders