Recognising and treating psychological issues in people with diabetes mellitus
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Recognising and treating psychological issues in people with diabetes mellitus

Sheila Hardy Practice nurse educator, Charlie Waller Trust, Thatcham, England, and post-doctoral researcher, University of Hull, Hull, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of considering psychological well-being as part of the holistic care of people with diabetes mellitus

  • To enhance your knowledge of the psychological issues that people with diabetes may experience, including depression, distress and guilt

  • To consider the interventions you could implement in your practice to treat psychological issues in people with diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a long-term condition that can lead to complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis, retinopathy and cardiovascular disease as a result of uncontrolled high blood glucose levels. In addition to these physical health complications, people with diabetes are more likely to experience psychological issues such as guilt, distress and depression compared with the general population. These issues can negatively affect an individual’s ability to effectively monitor and self-manage their condition; however, they are often an overlooked aspect of diabetes care. This article explains how nurses can prevent, recognise and treat some of the psychological issues that people with diabetes commonly experience.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11682

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

sheila.hardy@charliewaller.org

Conflict of interest

None declared

Hardy S (2021) Recognising and treating psychological issues in people with diabetes mellitus. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11682

Published online: 10 May 2021

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