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Seek Support With a Therapist

For most people, the last thing you want to hear is, "I think it might be a good idea for you to speak with someone about your emotional stress." You may be offended by the implication that the disease is "in your head."

It is a fact that all people with chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes have stress. This stress makes it more difficult to handle everyday issues, much less crisis situations that may arise. Stress can even affect your blood sugar levels.

It is important to know that licensed and experienced mental health professionals have formed a base of knowledge over the years, and they have seen the positive results of therapy. The role of psychological counseling in managing a chronic illness is to help you develop appropriate and workable coping strategies to deal with all of the issues that affect you. And psychological intervention is an accepted component for everyone -- not just people who have "psychological problems" or diseases.

Psychological help can help you learn new coping methods along with the much-needed support of a professional who understands your feelings and emotions. It is most helpful if the therapist performing these services is trained in the area of chronic illnesses such as diabetes.

You may select a one-on-one session with a professional therapist. These sessions may include specific help with alleviating depression, anxiety, or stress. Other sessions may include a meeting with family members or a group session, such as a support group.

Look to Diabetes Organizations

There is also support available from numerous diabetes organizations across the nation. These groups can provide you with brochures on diabetes and related problems and assist you with finding a doctor or support group.

The pressures of living with a chronic disease can overwhelm you, but it does not have to be this way as support is available. Ask your doctor to recommend professional help and resources, including psychologists, support groups, or other patients who have type 2 diabetes and want to help others. Send away for pamphlets and brochures from national organizations, or go online and plug into an Internet support group.

Support from others can help you realize that you are not alone in dealing with type 2 diabetes. You can gain new confidence as you learn to handle the daily challenges of type 2 diabetes in a reasonable manner.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on May 16, 2012

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