Just a few months before, I met my neighbor who only hours prior had learned of the news that he has diabetes. Understandably, he was in shock from the traumatic news and needed help to make it through the difficult days of planning about his future. Dr provided a low dose of an anti-anxiety medication to help take the edge off, but no amount of medication can completely ease the pain. Actually the grief about having any illness is the natural response. In diabetes the person experience grief when he thought to lose his health and even a certain way of life.
When person found out that he has diabetes he felt ultimately he has lose some part of his body Such negative feelings are all part of the bereavement process. Grief is not necessarily a bad thing. It usually opens our eyes and changes our attitudes, but if the normal grief remains untreated it can have a lifelong effect on a person’s capacity for happiness.
In order to avoid the pain diabetic can deny the reality of loss, he may seek to more blood tests in order to confirm the diagnosis, but when shock resolved it replaced with the suffering of unbelievable pain. As a psychologist I always advise my patients that they should accept their problem fully and not hide it from others, and that there will be some pain and anxiety that medication will not completely alleviate but unfortunately this a poor time to make any decisions that will have a lasting impact on your life.
But as you start acknowledging your illness your life becomes a little calmer and more organized. Your physical symptoms lessen, and your “depression” begins to lift slightly. You feel very heavy hearted and depressed but It is common for newly diagnosed diabetics to feel depressed, overwhelmed, hopeless and helpless.
Being diabetic, look for opportunities that will help you on your road to recovery find ways to elevate your outlook on life. Psychologists call this cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). When you can think pleasant thoughts, it will improve your mood. Consider meditation and prayer. Force yourself to think positive thoughts. Visit your favorite park or on a pleasant day, spend some time outdoors.
Doing such activities can truly be a task in times of grief, but with practice and persistence, you can manage to do it. In diabetes diabetic should Identify some people whom he trust to help him and know that you may need their moral support, diabetic should remember to ask for help but it does not mean that he is incapable or weak they should not keep things bottled up inside because stress is bad for you and may worsen your diabetes.
Diabetic let himself feel sad, angry or even cry because It will be better to let it out than fight your emotions. But when your grief is starting to interfere with your daily life and you start neglect taking care of yourself and your health and you feel that you are unable to cope with your grief alone anymore then it means its time to seek professional help. Support groups where different people have same problems can also be very helpful for the newly diagnosed diabetic to come out from the grief of their illness.