Emotions, Coping with a Diabetes Diagnosis.

Emotions, Coping with a Diabetes Diagnosis.

Been Diagnosed with Diabetes may be a scary situation to many. When a person is diagnosed with Diabetes, they may go through several emotional feelings. These feelings are normal responses to the learning that you have a problem that you need to know and understand to manage it throughout your entire life. Among the emotions you need to watch out for are those of disbelief, shock, denial, anger, and depression.

People with diabetes are most often affected by these feelings following their diagnosis. After a while, a point of adjustment may be reached but many of these feelings do reoccur, depending on how you feel about your diabetes and what other stresses are present in your life.

If you are experiencing persistent or intense negative feelings, you should consult a mental health professional.It is possible to accept diabetes and still live a fulfilling life with support, encouragement, and an opportunity to express yourself.

Shock and/or Disbelief

Many of the people who are first diagnosed with Diabetes undergo the emotion of Disbelief. Many of the common questions that possibly come in the mind include questions such as “How is that possible?”, “None in my family has diabetes?”, “maybe it was someone else Blood test”, “I don’t have any symptoms of Diabetes”, “Maybe the reading was wrong, I need a retest”, “Maybe something I ate recently spiked up those numbers”.

Your disbelief and shock give you time to gradually adjust to the news you have received. It is a healthy mechanism to help you cope and usually lasts a few hours or a few days, although feelings of disbelief can resurface from time to time during the initial few months after diagnosis.


The symptoms of diabetes aren't visible, so you might think it doesn't matter if you don't feel it. But diabetes ignored and left unmanaged can cause long-term harm. If you start to control your diabetes now, rather than later, you stand a good chance of living a long, healthy life.

So, see your doctor regularly, take all of your medications, stay active, and learn more about the foods you eat. For your health, get involved in your own diabetes care.


It's possible that you're scared because you know very little about diabetes and you don't know what's going to happen next. It's also possible that you're scared because diabetes could have long-term consequences. You may be concerned about your future health and your ability to take care of your children as an upcoming mother. Regardless, learning more about your condition and how to protect yourself from complications can help you cope with your fears.


Don’t blame yourself for developing type 2 diabetes, and don’t let anyone else blame you either. In other words, it is not caused by laziness or lack of effort. Eating sweets didn’t do it. Certain factors - such as being overweight - can contribute to obesity when you have these genes. There is a steady increase in the number of overweight people and type 2 diabetics due to the fact that most jobs now require little physical activity, life is more stressful, and we have access to a lot of unhealthy foods that are high in calories and large in size. The main culprits are your genes and your environment, but you can still do something to protect yourself.


Anger can be a normal reaction for someone who has just been diagnosed with diabetes or someone who is facing a change in diabetes management. You might feel that it's unfair that you are forced to live with this condition and to accept new restrictions on your life. It is a good idea to let your doctor or diabetes nurse educator know if your anger is interfering with your ability to manage your diabetes or other aspects of your life.

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Finding out you have diabetes can leave you feeling mild to moderately depressed. The general population and people with chronic medical conditions are more likely to suffer from depression. In addition, depression is more prevalent in women than in men and is often undiagnosed. Discuss how you are feeling with your physician or other healthcare team members.

There are various professionals who can assist you in treating depression, such as a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a social worker. Medication or counseling can be effective treatments. A support group may also be helpful.

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