According to Diabetes Canada, people with diabetes are 30% more likely to have depression than those without diabetes. These numbers are rather alarming, but also quite understandable. Diabetes is a 24/7 job with no breaks or paid lunches. Rather, it makes us think about it morning, noon, and night, and it doesn’t take much for our hard work to come crumbling down. It’s easy to think “why bother?”.
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Diabetes distress and diabetes burnout are two terms that are discussed frequently, but what exactly do they mean? Fisher, Hessler, Polonsky, & Mullan (2012) define diabetes-related distress as “the unique, often hidden, emotional burdens and worries that are part of the spectrum of patient experience when managing a severe, demanding chronic disease like diabetes.” This distress is typically understood as relating to 4 interconnected domains: (1) the emotional impact of living with a chronic health condition; (2) the stress associated with diabetes management; (3) the pressures associated with managing social relationships while living with diabetes; and (4) the stress associated with managing relationships with healthcare professionals treating your diabetes.
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Sometimes dealing with a mental health issue feels too big to do on your own or with the help of friends, family, and your usual support network. You might feel that it is time to start exploring community programs and public mental health supports to help you manage, but it can be difficult to know where to begin.
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My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes 5 years ago. She was 6 years old at the time. All she knew about T1D was what she saw or heard from me. I've been managing a life with Type 1 for 20 years.
Before she was diagnosed, I used to hear whispers of new treatments, tools and potential cures coming down the pipe, but always with the tagline of '5-10 years from now'. They were right. That 5 years turned to 10, which quickly turned to 15 and now 20, yet - after millions of hours and dollars invested in research and development, I felt that there had been no significan progress. I had basically become numb to 'the pipeline' and had completely given up on 'the cure', until I tripped over Nightscout while scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook a few years ago.
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There are a variety of reasons you might want to let some people in your life know about your diabetes. An obvious example might be that it can be helpful to have people in your life that can assist you in case your blood glucose levels are dangerously high or low, but even outside those emergency situations it can just be nice to know that you have other people in your life that are open and willing to support you through the everyday ups and downs of diabetes.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if something happened to your insulin pump?
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There is a dominant narrative that the period from your late teens to early twenties is simply about being carefree, trying new things, and finding your place in the world. This account is not entirely wrong, but it is quite often incomplete. Early adulthood might be filled with new and exciting experiences, but it is also an anxiety provoking time for a lot of people. Figuring out who you are as an individual, while also trying to fit in with your peer groups can be stressful; getting lost in the sudden lack of daily routine found in a lot of college and university timetables can be unsettling; while, uncertainty about your future education and career path can be overwhelming.
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Diabetes can present as an incredible burden on those who live with it. There is a lot of social stigma felt by people with diabetes and those who care for them, which can lead to feelings of difference, isolation, and personal failure. The daily regiment of management is demanding and can be overwhelming. And the ups and downs of blood glucose levels can be exhausting and traumatic. All of these factors combined often lead people with diabetes to judge themselves harshly.
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