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Emotional health resources

Adjusting to life with diabetes fact sheet

A diagnosis of diabetes can come as a shock. First reactions may be disbelief, sadness, anger or self-blame. Usually, these feelings ease after a while and diabetes becomes part of life.

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Caring for someone with diabetes (for family and friends) fact sheet

Caring for a family member or friend who has diabetes can be rewarding but also challenging. You may feel worried, frustrated or confused about how to best support the person in managing their diabetes.

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Concerns about starting insulin (for people with type 2 diabetes) fact sheet

Many people with type 2 diabetes have concerns or feel anxious about starting insulin. There are many things you can do to adjust to this new way of managing your diabetes.

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Diabetes and anxiety fact sheet

Anxiety is often a healthy response to a perceived threat. For most people, anxious feelings go away after the threat has passed. There are many things you can do to reduce your anxiety.

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Diabetes and depression fact sheet

Everyone feels down or sad from time to time. For most people, these feelings do not last long. There are many things you can do to overcome your feelings of depression.

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Diabetes and disordered eating fact sheet

Living with diabetes places a lot of focus on food, weight and body image. Sometimes, this can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, disordered eating or, possibly an eating disorder.

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Diabetes care and COVID-19 fact sheet

Diabetes health care may have changed because of COVID-19. You may feel worried about accessing diabetes care and this is understandable.

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Diabetes distress fact sheet

Diabetes distress is the emotional burden of living with and managing diabetes. Diabetes distress becomes a serious problem when these emotions start to affect daily life, including diabetes management.

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Fear of hypoglycaemia fact sheet

People with diabetes often worry or become fearful about hypos. There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of hypos and ease your fears.

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Managing worry about COVID-19 and diabetes fact sheet

If you find yourself worrying, it might help to focus on the things that you can control in your life.

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Meet peers at NDSS programs

NDSS programs are a great way to connect with others living with diabetes. These programs help you learn to live well with diabetes.

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Peer support for diabetes fact sheet

Connecting with other people who have diabetes is an effective means of accessing peer support. Sharing your experiences with others can help you feel less alone.

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There are lots of ways to access peer support

Find a face-to-face or online peer support groups. Perhaps you would like to read shared stories from people with similar experiences.

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When and how a psychologist can support me quick guide

This quick guide answers common questions about psychologist support.

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When and how psychologists can support people with diabetes fact sheet

Most people with diabetes manage well most of the time. But it is okay to acknowledge if you are struggling. Many people benefit from specialist emotional support from a psychologist.

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Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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