Episode #70: Do You Need a T1D Psychologist?

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When I tell people I am a psychologist who specializes in diabetes (and who also happens to live with T1D), they often are surprised that there is such a specialty. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “Is there really a need for that?” or “How hard can having diabetes really be?”

If you live with T1D, you know it can be stressful.  Maybe you are struggling with the emotional burden fo diabetes. But how do you know whether you can deal with this stress on your own or if you should see a mental health professional?

In this episode of The Diabetes Psychologist Podcast, I talk about what a diabetes psychologist does and I give you some questions you can ask to help you decide if you need to see a diabetes psychologist. These include:

  • Is the stress of diabetes impacting your ability to take care of yourself and effectively manage your blood sugars?
  • Is the emotional burden of diabetes having a negative impact on your relationships?
  • Is diabetes having a significant impact on your quality of life?

As I talk about in this episode, if your answer to any of these questions is YES, then you may need to see a diabetes psychologist. I also talk about other ways that people with T1D can access support to help them navigate the challenges that come with living with T1D every single day.

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