Try WebMD’s Diabetes Support Group
Support groups not really your thing? You can find comfort and support in WebMD’s type 2 diabetes support group. Share experiences and learn from others living with type 2 diabetes.
Seek Support From Loved Ones
Type 2 diabetes extends beyond the patient and can affect the entire family. Especially with a chronic illness, personal support is necessary, whether from your spouse, family, friends, or co‑workers.
It is important to educate your friends and loved ones about your disease, sensitizing them to why you must check your blood sugar regularly or why you have to carefully choose your foods for snacks and meals. Having a family meeting with a diabetes educator is another good way of helping everyone understand type 2 diabetes and why some lifestyle changes have to be made to accommodate your illness.
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.