Do diabetes patients need counselling?
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Diabetes is a very serious long-term disease. Though usually, a disease developed over time due to bad or improper lifestyle and eating habits, diabetes can also be transmitted genetically from one generation to the other.
Type 1 diabetes is the most serious one, while type 2 also causes severe harm to the patient. If not taken care of properly, or in the case of failure to take proper medications at the right time, diabetes can also lead to tissue or organ damage.
Patients more prone to Depression
Research shows that people who are diabetic are in general more prone to depression. Such form of depression usually consists of a bad mood, low energy levels, lack of enthusiasm and other such related symptoms that are visible or invisible in the patient’s behavior.
Counseling by the Pharmacists
With the advent of time and technology, we have learned to use as well as misuse prescriptions according to our own whims and wishes. Here comes the role of the pharmacists. Just as we have learned to manipulate prescription drugs and medicines, the pharmacists’ role in continuing, discontinuing, changing and forming prescriptions for individuals has increased.
Pharmacists are among the first people to when a regular diabetic person has been affected more seriously or has achieved some success in controlling the disease. Regular simple counselling in the form of simple encouragements and small checks can go a long way towards the good mental health of diabetic people.
Symptoms of Depression in a Diabetic Person
Diabetes is an incurable lifetime disease that may have severe effects on the tissues and organs of the patient, if not kept in check by the patient himself or herself.
The following symptoms in a diabetic patient could warrant a visit to a professional counsellor:
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy, or lethargy
- Keeping to oneself, instead of interacting much with others
- Constant irritation
- Lack of confidence
Depression in a diabetic person actually tends to worsen the condition. It is highly likely that a diabetic person develops hypertension due to constant worry and anxiety about one’s own disease. In such a case doctors prescribe a few anti-depressants which will not give a harmful effect when combined with the medicines taken for diabetes.
Here, the role of the doctor or specialist involves supporting the patient and encouraging them to get better. Standard attention on the part of the doctor, along with guided steps as to how to deal with a disease like this, helps the patient even if in a small way.
In many cases, it has been seen that diabetic people required professional counseling in order to get over either the shock of their initial discovery of the disease or due to inability to cope up with their own problems.
Since diabetes is a disease that generally makes the person more prone to bouts of depression, it is understandable that professional help or counselling plays a major part in the treatment of the person.
Counselling a diabetic patient, would involve advice to him or her in the form of the following:
- A good diet plan: A healthy diet helps keep the sugar levels in check.
- Exercise: Burning those extra few calories is never a bad idea.
- Encouragement: No task can be absolutely accomplished without help from a strong support base or group of people.
- Developing Willpower: It is the job of the counsellor to help the patient realize the importance of beating the disease and reminding it to him or her from time to time.
- A good relationship: A professional relationship should be maintained between the counsellor and the patient and within a limited number of sessions; both should be able to achieve an aforesaid goal, wherein the patient and the counsellor would both be happy with the end result.
Diabetes is a stressful disease. Since it is chronic, people usually get a bit disoriented after finding out about it. It requires a lot of willpower and patience to deal with it and fight the disease. Many a times counselling, either from the pharmacists, family and friends, or even from professional counsellors help the diabetic person find a way through.
To help people fight the battle of anxiety, disturbance and depression, Portea offers counselling services over call, chat and home visits. One can discuss their personal & emotional issues with our qualified counsellors from the comfort of your home. Visit: portea.typeathought.com to know more.