Mental Health

Mental Health

Tracking blood glucose levels, dosing insulins, planning your meals, and taking care of your physical needs are vital. It’s a lot of work and it can be emotionally draining. It is normal to be bummed out or tired of managing diabetes. It is a sign of strength to ask for help.

Maintaining your mental and emotional health is necessary for good diabetes management. Feeling physically good is more than half the battle—feeling good about yourself allows you to take care of yourself. 

Deal with natural emotions like stress, sadness, anger, and denial before they lead to depression.

Visit ADA's Mental Health Provider Directory.

Featured book: Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore is an interactive book that addresses the emotional issues that contribute to poor glycemic control and provides guidance to overcoming the barriers to good self-care.

Anger

Diabetes is the perfect breeding ground for anger.

Denial

Denial is that voice inside repeating: "Not me." Most people go through this when first diagnosed.

Depression

Studies show that people with diabetes have a greater risk of depression than people without diabetes.

Explore: Mental Health

  • Stress

    Relax! Making lifestyle changes can help reduce mental stress and manage your blood glucose levels.

  • Diabetes Distress

    Doctors are just beginning to understand diabetes distress and how it affects your health and well-being.

  • Eating Disorders

    Research suggests that eating disorders are probably more common among women with diabetes than women who do not have diabetes.