Have you ever felt frustrated, angry, or stressed while managing your diabetes? If so, you are not alone. Many people have a hard time coping with living with diabetes. This is called “diabetes distress” and affects one in four people with type 1 diabetes, and one in five people with type 2 diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes distress vary from person to person. Many people feel overwhelmed and frustrated with the day-to-day demands of diabetes. Others feel isolated, exhausted, or unmotivated to keep up with their personal diabetes care. Depression is also common, as people with diabetes are two to three times more likely to have depression than people without diabetes. Depression is a mental health disorder, while diabetes distress is an emotional reaction to managing diabetes stressors. Depression and diabetes distress can both make managing diabetes harder. If you feel any diabetes distress, contact your doctor or diabetes team. It may also help to talk with friends or family, let them know how you feel, and set realistic goals for yourself.

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