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Psyching out Diabetes : A Positive Approach to Your Negative Emotions

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Overview

This book examines the psychological obstacles of diagnosis such as panic, fear, anger, shame, and guilt and how to put them into perspective. Through proper maintenance, diet, and education, this book is tailor-made for the diabetic or anyone with a diabetic in their life who wants to overcome the negative emotions associated with this disease and learn the coping skills necessary to integrate diabetes into their daily life.

"...addresses the anger, frustration, grief, obsession, guilt, & embarassment that diabetics suffer from ...explores ways to cope with these strong emotions and adjust to them."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737302585
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: 3RD, REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard R. Rubin, Ph.D., C.D.E., is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Medical School.

June Biermann and Barbara Toohey are publishers of the Diabetic Reader and coauthors of eight other books on diabetes.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xii
Preface xiv
Introduction xx
For People with Diabetes xxiv
Chapter 1 Denial--Which Nobody Can Deny 1
Denial at Diagnosis 3
Denial Self-Test 9
Stepping Out of Denial 17
Revealing Your Diabetes 19
Reasons for Denial 23
Assigning Blame 27
Help for Those Who Want to Help Those Who Are in Denial About Their Diabetes 34
Chapter 2 Obsession--Too Much of a Good Thing 39
The Problems of Preoccupation 41
Good Care Versus the Good Life: Your Sympathetic Scientist 44
Compulsive Talk 49
Magnificent Obsessions 54
Help for Those Who Want to Help People Obsessive About Their Diabetes 56
Chapter 3 Anger--Your Perfect Right to Self-Destruct 59
Diabetes Anger Triggers 62
Preventing and Neutralizing Anger 65
Anger Toward "Good" Diabetics 66
Releasing and Displacing Anger 67
Effective--and Ineffective-- Ways of Expressing Your Feelings 71
Words That Wound: Diabetic or Person with Diabetes? 75
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Cope with Their Anger 77
Chapter 4 Depression--The Ultimate Pitfall 85
What Is Depression? 90
Negative Thoughts--The Fuel of Depression 94
Depression and Out-of-control Diabetes 98
Antidepressant Drugs 100
An Antidote to Depression: Exercise 102
Depression by Another name: The "Yes, but" Syndrome 105
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Conquer Depression 108
Chapter 5 Grief--Good Grief 112
The Grieving Process 114
Other People and Your Grief 116
Deprivation Grief 117
Rebellion and Revolt 120
Grieving Over Complications 122
Grieving Over Lost Opportunities 124
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics During the Grieving Period 128
Chapter 6 Fear--If You Have Fears, Prepare to Shed Them Now 132
Fear of Mortality and Complications 135
Fear of Insulin and Needles and Blood-Sugar Testing 140
Fear of Insulin Reactions Low Blood Sugar/Hypoglycemia 145
Fear of Being Different 152
Fear of Losing Your Job 154
Panic Attacks 157
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Deal with Their Fears 159
Chapter 7 Frustration--It's No Myth for a Diabetic 162
The Many Sources of Frustration 163
Perfectionism and Giving Up: Two Sides of the Same Coin 165
Working Smarter 167
The Frustrations of Illness 169
Emotional Stress 170
Frustration with Health Care Professionals 173
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics--and Themselves!--Handle Frustration 176
Chapter 8 Guilt--The Three Little Guilt Trips 183
Guilt and Shame 185
Are You Guilty of Causing Your Diabetes? 185
Guilt Triggers: Feeling Guilty Versus Feeling Responsible 187
Building Confidence 190
Blood Sugar Guilt Feelings and the Pushy Prosecutor 192
Guilt Over Burdening Others 195
Making Odious Comparisons 197
Complications; Guilt or Blame? 198
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Lay Down the Burden of Guilt 201
Chapter 9 Embarrassment--An Embarrassment of Embarrassments 204
Embarrassment Over Insulin Reactions 205
Finding Humor in Embarrassing Situations 207
Embarrassment Over Taking Insulin or Blood Sugar 208
Embarrassment in Social Situations 212
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Avoid Embarrassment 214
Chapter 10 Psychological Help--Shrinking Your Problems 217
Knowing When You Need Professional Help 218
Effective Therapies--and Therapists 220
Counseling Techniques 221
The Successes and Failures of Therapy 225
Finding a Therapist 228
Paying for Therapy 230
Family Counseling and Group Therapy 232
Support Groups 234
Support on the Internet 236
Contracting for Success 237
Help for Those Who Want to Help Diabetics Get Counseling 242
Chapter 11 Positive Framing--Swimming to Bora Bora 244
Making Life with Diabetes Beautiful 245
The Frame of Partializing 251
The Frame of Letting Go 253
The Frame of Love 256
The Frame of Faith and Hope 258
The Frame of Humor 259
The Frame of Sharing Information 264
The Frame of Celebration 265
Farewell Present 268
Index 269
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