Individual Treatment For:
- Deal with Diabetes Distress and Diabetes Burnout
- Accept the Diabetes Diagnosis
- Manage Stress
- Control Depression and/or Anxiety
- Enhance Your Wellbeing
- Improve Eating Habits and Control Disordered Eating
- Weight Management
- Bariatric Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations and Coaching/Counseling Pre- and Post-Op
- Support Group
- Group Health and Wellness Program
Deal With Diabetes Distress and Diabetes Burnout
Diabetes distress is a common condition that results from the daily burdens of living with this complex disease. It’s a part of having diabetes itself. The rollercoaster of emotions and endless daily demands are an added frustration in your busy life and, at times, seems impossible to manage. Learning and maintaining the lifestyle needed for optimal diabetes control is no easy task. And, managing your mental health is just as important as monitoring blood glucose and taking medications. Create a plan for how you want diabetes to fit into your life.
Accept the Diagnosis
Whether you are newly diagnosed or not, the reality of diabetes is a tough reality to accept. It can be overwhelming and scary, and often comes with other emotions like guilt. Work through emotions tied to diabetes and accept that diabetes does not define you.
Stress is a part of everyday life. Stress also raises blood glucose. Many struggle to manage stress effectively or opt for unhealthy means of coping (i.e. comfort food, alcohol), which means more problems for diabetes. Identify ways to deal with stress is important for your health and diabetes.
Control Depression, Anxiety or Disordered Eating
Certain mental health conditions occur at higher rates in people with diabetes and are known to compromise one’s ability to manage your health. Depression affects 1 in 4 people with diabetes and, to make things worse, many antidepressants cause weight gain. Anxiety and disordered eating occur at higher rates among people with diabetes. Many psychotherapy strategies are effective in treating these concerns.
Enhance Your Wellbeing
We live in a busy world. Work-life-family-health balance is tough to achieve. Diabetes makes it even more challenging. We all know that we need to eat right, exercise and take your meds, but, let’s be honest, it’s easier said than done. And it looks different for everyone. Go from what to how. Explore strategies, discuss logistics, problem-solve and make a plan.
Improve Eating Habits and Control Disordered Eating
Habits and patterns surrounding eating can either set you up for success or for an ongoing struggle. Dissect your own eating habits (choices, timing, awareness of hunger, etc.) and learn strategies for success. Tackle struggles with stress eating, emotional eating, social eating, and binge eating.
Not everyone with diabetes struggles to manage their weight but many do. If that’s you, your doctor probably told you that losing weight would improve your diabetes. It can help to avoid or delay complications.
Bariatric Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluations and Coaching/Counseling Pre- and Post-Op
Pre-surgical psychological assessments for weight loss surgery is a necessary part of the bariatric process. If you are considering bariatric surgery, it is important that you obtain not only clearance but behavioral recommendations on areas of improvement.
Pre-surgical behavioral health coaching or counseling can provide you with the support and strategies to address areas of concern, giving you the greatest chances of success with weight loss surgery. Many folks also benefit from post-op support to stay on track and deal with emotions that are often involved in the bariatric journey.
Join our diabetes support group “Mindset Matters” on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The group is held at the Diabetes Wellness Council located at 4006A Postal Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.
The support group is open to individuals of all ages with any type of diabetes. Also welcome are spouses, caregivers, friends or loved ones of people with diabetes. This group is open to the public and offered for free.
Group Health and Wellness Program
Make healthy behaviors a lifestyle with the 14-week Health and Wellness Program, available to individuals in the Myrtle Beach area. Join the weekly group classes to learn the essentials of healthy eating and physical activity, activate your knowledge to apply strategies for sustainability, and develop skills necessary for long-term success.
Call today for more information, including class availability, dates, and location.
If you are unable to join the in-person option, stay tuned for an online option of this program. A recorded and self-guided webinar series will be available in the near future.