Episode #31: Your Relationship with T1D

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Whether you like it or not, you have a relationship with diabetes. This relationship started the day you were diagnosed and will continue for as long as you live with diabetes. If you are going to change your relationship with diabetes, you have to start by looking at what it means to have a relationship with diabetes.

Having a relationship with diabetes means you and diabetes interact dynamically. There are an infinite number of ways this can happen. For example, you eat a cookie, and diabetes responds by spiking your blood sugar. Your blood sugar won’t come down, so you take more insulin. When it still won’t come down, you get angry at diabetes.


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On this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist Podcast, I talk about what it means to have a relationship with T1D. We’ll look at how your relationship with T1D develops and talk about some of the most common types of relationships people have with their diabetes. Finally, I’ll give you a framework to help you define what your relationship with T1D looks like right now.

To give you a snake peak, here are some of the most common characteristics of a dysfunctional relationship with T1D.

Rigid: If you have a rigid relationship with T1D, life with diabetes is a set of rules you have to follow.

Avoidant: If you have an avoidant relationship with T1D, you do anything you can to not interact with their diabetes.

Resentful: If you have a resentful relationship with diabetes, you always have a chip on your shoulder, and you spend a lot of time thinking about how much you hate diabetes.

Timid: People with a timid relationship with T1D see diabetes as something they should be scared of and approach with caution.

Do you recognize yourself in any of these relationship patterns?