There are many issues that people with diabetes have to deal with. People often worry about the self-care regime; resent the pain and monitoring of blood glucose and can feel angry, scared, guilty or anxious.
People with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as people without diabetes. Anxiety and eating disorders are also a common problem.
Common symptoms of low mood and anxiety include loss of interest in pleasurable activities/lack of energy, trouble thinking clearly, seeing only the negative, feeling unable to cope or guilty about not coping, feeling lonely and isolated, change in appetite and/or sleep, unusually irritable or tearful.
Emotional distress and mental health issues can have a huge impact on the management of diabetes.
There is a strong link between emotional well-being and general good health. Improving one will improve the other.