The current situation that is being experienced due to the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus has generated a negative impact on our daily life and consequently, on our mental health. Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and generate strong emotions. The change in routine, economic pressure, social isolation, excess information and the uncertainty of what will come in the future, can cause you to fall into a picture of stress, anxiety and even depression due to the fear of feeling without control and not being clear about what to do in the situation.
In the current context of Covid-19, and with regard to chronic patients with a mental illness, it is necessary not to interrupt medical care, guarantee the continuity of professional treatment and maintain the prescribed medication. In general, it is recommended to take into account these three basic tips on how to handle the situation in the times of Covid-19 for patients with depression or other mental illnesses.
Accepting the disease can take a long time, where different problems could arise that affect the mental health of the patient.
Stress, anxiety disorders and anguish are some psychological effects that could affect a person’s mental health when they are diagnosed with diabetes, one of the most well-known chronic diseases in the world.
The emotional impact of changing your lifestyle, eating differently, allocating a budget for medications and in some cases injecting insulin, increases the negativity of the person, which ends up modifying their behaviour and mood.
What negative effects does diabetes have on your mind?
As we well know, diabetes has different types, the best known being Type 1 and 2 Mellitus, which have different causes and patients of different ages, which directly influences the impact that this disease will have on the mind of both a child or an adult.
In the case of Type 1, which mainly affects children and young people, the action of parents will be of utmost importance, since they can transmit their emotional state, fears or anger to their children, causing a significant loss of emotional security of the child. Meanwhile, the adolescent runs the risk of social isolation or emotional disorders that will affect their closest sphere, such as friends or school.
Meanwhile, someone with Type 2 Diabetes should also receive a lot of support from their family or friends, since this increases the probability of having mental health problems and of managing the daily stress of life. However, there are numerous strategies that can help patients to better manage their psychological health and live a harmonious life, such as; for example, doing Yoga.
This mental and physical discipline helps build awareness of the body and is very effective in calming the nervous system. Practising it regularly favours Type 2 diabetic patients to have less psychological distress and better management of their disease. Not the least advantage is the potential absence of side effects, since yoga is free of them when practised correctly.
How does diabetes affect the quality of life?
Diabetes will change the daily routine of each person, and in some cases, they will have to rely on psychologically from a professional in the area to be able to accept it and live with the following habits and discomforts:
- Stomach pain, tiredness, itching, frequent skin, gum or bladder infections.
- Medical checks.
- Changes and restrictions in diet.
- Need for physical activity.
- Control glucose levels.
- Sexual dysfunctions.
- Negative emotions, such as worry, sadness, anguish, etc.
What are the stages of coming to terms with diabetes?
The first is the most difficult. Clearly, it is the most stressful phase, as the internal questions begin to like, What is going to happen to me? How will my life be from now on? Why me? Causing anxiety about ignorance.
Then comes the stage of acceptance and begin to be aware of the care that must be taken from now on. You take a more practical attitude, soaking up the care you must take.
The third phase is the adaptation or adjustment to the new life, wherewith various routines one accepts and begins to live with the disease.
Finally, the last stage is full and peaceful coexistence with diabetes, where you can openly talk about your disease.