An article of mine that appeared in the Caribbean American Weekly Newspaper: Relationships and Diabetes: Tools for Coping http://dld.bz/dZhvq
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Living with diabetes for over 40 years is a reason to help people with diabetes, but not my main motivation. My desire to help people built slowly over time.
When I was six years old, I was diagnosed with diabetes. It was 1977, and there was very little education or emotional help. In fact, the only people who would at least listen to what I was going through was a psychotherapist. I started therapy when I was 12 years old and still use it to deal with the daily impact of diabetes as well as extra emotional support.
I was lucky. Life was so much better after a few months, but we didn't address how diabetes impacted my life, and many therapists don't understand the complexities of living with diabetes. Now, I enjoy helping people navigate the complexities of living with diabetes; which includes addressing relationships, family, management, emotional issues and much more.
Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapy uses a holistic approach combining traditional talk therapy with diabetes education and management. It addresses both the physical and emotional aspects of living life with diabetes while still addressing other non-diabetes related life problems.