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
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.