Stress is a possible effect of diabetes, both to the sufferer and to family members. Unexpected challenges and various complications may arise from symptoms and gradually lead to unhealthy thoughts and emotional strife.
One complication that seems to go unrecognized in diabetics is the turn of emotions. When self-esteem decreases, the patient’s mind may become preoccupied with anxiety and personal dilemmas, and may succumb to a lack of self-consciousness.
Considerations pertaining to diet, lifestyle, and exercise may instill mental feelings of anxiety upon having to abandon certain bad habits. To combat this, there must be a willingness to succeed in the battle against diabetes. A person who has been diagnosed with Diabetes should be assisted against distress caused by the disease and in making transitions easy despite having to alter a few personal habits every now and then.
As always, someone affected by diabetes may choose to be #Proactive and approach their situation in a positive way that allows them more control over their mental and physical health. His/Her self-esteem has various effects on the lifestyle, including job, marriage, parenting, and other aspects vital to their happiness and physical health. With the physical effects of diabetes, one may seriously ask “Why has this happened to me? Will I ever be without the pain and emotions I am going through? I feel that I am a burden on my family, and I can’t help feeling this way.”
With modern tools for treating and managing diabetes, such as blood glucose monitors, insulin, oral drugs, support groups, food supplements and insulin pumps some diabetics tend to be more conscious about their health because of the accessibility and convenience of these procedures.
If you think you are alone in this battle, think again! There are definitely more ways to experience life other than the usual exploits that are now part of your daily routine. People will have their opinions, but ultimately
it is you, the person with diabetes, who is in control of your life. Even if your health care professional can assist you with achieving your health goals, you still have the ability to work toward your own well-being. You can also gain knowledge of your situation and your health through interacting with other people who have successfully managed the condition over many years. In that respect, you should continue to work according to your own rules and impulses, but with guidance from medical professionals
Fear is another complication of diabetes related to mental health and emotions. Fear signals that you may not be doing things to help yourself, which can lead to negative thinking. Fear can manifest itself in your actions. This may hinder you from asking questions of others, which consequently gives you a lack of control. Having such fears may also deprive you of various necessities of health that can be enjoyed. The solution is to face these obstacles head on. Fear indirectly suggests that a person may not be properly combating their diabetic symptoms. Practice communicating with your doctor or health care professional or spouse/close family members to manage your diabetes. If you develop a sense of fear of your situation, talk to your doctor or psychologist. Diabetes can be an extremely unpredictable disease, but through proper communication with friends and family, you will be well equipped to win the battle.
Due to the periodic buildup of the complications and manifestations of diabetes, there may be a point when the diabetic feels like giving up. It all boils down to the attitude you have with respect to the mental experiences you are going through as a diabetic. Even though people may tell you there is no known cure for diabetes, it is no reason to quit caring entirely. There are millions of people in the world who are successfully managing their conditions well and some live better lives and healthier lives than their neighbors!
If you are a diabetic, it is natural to grieve, but you must avoid feeling sorry for yourself. If you look at the natural process of grieving, you will learn that from denial, in which a person does not accept the reality of the situation, the affected person can easily proceed to anger. When angry, the diabetic may become rebellious against the situation. This may be a natural response, as there may not be any possible way to express
one’s feelings without the use of negative thoughts and ideas, including excessive grief. The next stage in grieving is bargaining. At this point, one may feel like making a deal with the gods that be, saying, “If you take away my diabetes, I will be a better parent, a better learner, and a much better human being.” Bargaining is followed by depression. At times, the depression may get more uncontrollable, leading to feelings of hopelessness and even suicidal impulses.
The last stage of grief is acceptance. After all that has happened, there will soon come a time when the person has already accepted fate and is ready to face anything that may come along. The diabetic may come to believe that everything is actually within reach. There is no point of drowning in loneliness and despair in the midst of commitment and discipline to overcome the disease.
According to demographic and psycho-graphic studies conducted on diabetic patients, females are twice as prone to depression as males. Fewer men seek treatment for a depressive state of mind. This is thought to be a result of the macho image that many men try to portray. They think that being a man requires both# Silence and #Strength during pain. Clinical depression, however, must not be left unacknowledged and ignored. The improvement of one’s state of mind can make one better able to cope with certain stresses, and thus enable one to manage diabetes more effectively. Sadly, people are overconfident that they can fix depression themselves and therefore decide not to seek professional help. They don’t realize that learning the right methods from health care professionals is in fact one of the most effective techniques for achieving good health. Given the prevalence of diabetes, the most common measure taken to combat diabetes-related depression is probably self-help. This can take the form of reading texts (such as this book), keeping oneself occupied with
Worth-while activities, mentally challenging any negative thoughts that come to mind, practicing positive thinking, and helping others in similar situations.
It is equally important that you become familiar with the signs of depression so that you can prevent it or seek help if you become seriously depressed. Having three or more of the following symptoms for at least two weeks indicates that it is time to seek help for depression.
-Shifts in sleep patterns, such as oversleeping or insomnia
-Weight loss or weight gain
-Constant feelings of sadness
-Feelings of nervousness or anxiety during times of relaxation
-Feelings of guilt or thoughts of being a burden to others
-Feeling hopeless or worthless
-Thoughts of suicide
Being told to lose weight or to face daily insulin injections can be devastating, but there is no sense in avoiding treatments simply because you are frustrated or ashamed, or to believe that all of your mental problems will vanish by tossing out the extra Kilos. When surrounded by such feelings, you might have the tendency to hide from your family members and health care providers, since you don’t want them to know about your situation and your vulnerability. When depression takes shape, you could decide to endure it and to consider it a part of life that will soon pass, but this can make your condition even worse. Don’t drown your emotions with alcohol, drugs, or food, believing that doing so will relieve all your symptoms. Whichever technique for dealing with depression you take advantage of, remember that these techniques are most effective when carried out under the guidance of a health care professional or counselor.
If you are feeling symptoms of depression, don’t keep them to yourself. First, talk them over with your doctor. There may a physical cause for your depression.
Poor control of diabetes can cause symptoms that look like depression. During the day, high or low blood sugar may make you feel tired or anxious. Low blood sugar levels can also lead to hunger and eating too much. If you have low blood sugar at night, it could disturb your sleep. If you have high blood sugar at night, you may get up often to urinate and then feel tired during the day.
Other physical causes of depression can include the following:
-Alcohol or drug abuse
-Side effects from some medications
Talk to your Doctor or to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or professional counselor.