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Choosing Psychotherapy

Long ago I wrote an article titled "You don't have to be crazy to see a therapist: but sometimes you have to be crazy not to." (long winded, as always.) My stance is that everyone with a chronic illness ought to consider a Mental health "check-in." Listen, we can't get people to take a 10 day course of antibiotics.how can we expect people with diabetes to follow through their whole lives? I see mental health appointments as preventive
medicine. Untreated problems of depression and anxiety can lead to poor glucose control or abuse of substances including food.

Mental health specialists may include social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, coaches, addiction specialists or a combination. It is important they are licensed, not afraid to work with your health care team, and a good communicator with you. Consider specialists who deal with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy as those are two effective ways to deal with the problems and situations of diabetes.

Consider support groups that focus on diabetes or chronic illness.


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