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Managing the psychological impact of diabetes

Managing the psychological impact of diabetes

Diabetes

Jen Nash
DClinPsy BSc
Clinical Psychologist

Depression is twice as common in people with diabetes as in the general population.1 Yet, in the busy setting of the diabetes clinic, discussions about the emotional impact of a chronic condition that requires 24-hour self-management can often be overlooked. Further, diabetes professionals may feel at a loss to know how to intervene in the psychological aspect of their patient's care, particularly as there is a lack of clear referral pathways for psychological services in many areas of the UK.

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