Tweetchat: Psychological Support – The emotional side of life with diabetes


How do you deal with the emotions?


The tweetchat this week will take place on Tuesday 11th February between 8:00pm and 9:00pm and will be hosted by Laura Cleverly (@ninjabetic1). The @OurDiabetes account will be retweeting her questions to ensure you know when to respond but if you aren’t already following Laura, maybe now is the time to start… and here’s why…

About Laura

Diabetes comes with a lot of highs and lows, both physically and emotionally. I often feel the effects that high and low blood sugars have on my body, but I find the way diabetes affects me emotionally has often, in the past, been swept under the carpet – out of sight, out of mind.

In the last few years, as I’ve come to accept my diabetes, I’ve realised what a toll the condition has taken on me emotionally and that burying my head in the sand does not benefit me. This has lead to me asking for help from my health care professionals, only to realise that there is much more to it than just asking.

If the help isn’t available what do we do? Where do we go? If we don’t ask, for one reason or another, will help still be offered as a part of our ongoing health care treatment? I’m really interested to hear people’s views and opinions on this topic.

Participating in the tweetchat

So, if you haven’t participated in a tweetchat before or are unsure how to participate in the chat, everything you need to know is explained in the article Explaining Tweetchats.

So take a look at the questions that will be asked, consider reading some of the linked material, have a think about your answers and join in on Tuesday with your thoughts – it’s as simple as that!

The “Psychological Support – The emotional side of life with diabetes” Questions

Question 1 – Do you think diabetes affects you emotionally? If so, how?

Question 2 – What methods do your diabetes team/GP use to asses your need for psychological help? Do you think the methods are effective?

Question 3 – Have you been offered psychological support at any point? If so what were you offered?

Question 4 – Has your diabetes team/GP ever attempted to talk to you about the emotional effects that diabetes has?

Question 5 – What would you like from your health care team to better manage the psychological side of diabetes?

Pre-chat reading (optional!)

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