Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Dealing With Diabetes Distress

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News Picture: Dealing With Diabetes DistressBy Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) — People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly — and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times.

Diabetes distress” isn’t the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It’s a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin.

“The day you develop diabetes, it’s like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you’re doing. It’s a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There’s no pay and no vacation,” said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego.

Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: “Diabetes distress is the extra burden that people with diabetes have to