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Diabetes and Wellbeing: Managing the Psychological and Emotional Challenges of Diabetes Types 1 and 2

ISBN: 978-1-119-96718-7
232 pages
April 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Diabetes and Wellbeing presents a range of effective psychological principles proven to positively impact the emotional wellbeing of individuals with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The guide takes an explicitly CBT approach to motivate sufferers in essential self-care tasks.

  • Written in a practical style, for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, individuals managing its challenges for many years, and healthcare  professionals
  • Reveals how the stress of daily diabetes management can affect an individual’s ability to stay motivated and engaged in essential self-care tasks that are vital for good health
  • Presents proven techniques for improving emotional wellbeing
  • First book to take an explicitly CBT approach to diabetes, simultaneously drawing on solution-focused behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches
  • Fills the gap information of this kind among healthcare professionals and individuals with diabetes
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

1 Introduction 1

2 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Diabetes 11

3 Dealing with Diagnosis 23

4 Depression, Low Mood and Burnout 49

5 Managing Fear, Anxiety and Worry 80

6 Managing Food,Weight and Emotions 109

7 Diabetes and Relationships 152

8 Implementing Change 185

9 Managing Setbacks, Staying Solution-Focused and Embracing Mindfulness 205

10 Recommended Resources 218

Index 223

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Author Information

Dr. Jen Nash in a Clinical Psychologist living with diabetes since childhood. She is the founder and director of Positive Diabetes (www.PositiveDiabetes.com), an international service- providing therapy, education and training services to promote the psychological wellbeing of people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She is also a keynote speaker for national diabetes charities, trainer for NHS professionals, consultant to leading diabetes pharmaceutical companies, and co-author of My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes (2011).

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“It is an excellent introduction for clients and health practitioners into the range of psychological interventions that are available.”  (Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1 March 2014)

“This book is written to be read in its entirety and is a good addition to the current literature on the psychology of diabetes. It will support many of the web-based learning facilities that are available to patients and healthcare professionals.”  (Diabetes Update, 1 October 2013)


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Press Release

April 23, 2013
Diabetes and Wellbeing: Managing the Psychological and Emotional Challenges of Diabetes Types 1 and 2

With an estimated 25.8 million  sufferers in the US alone (and an estimated 346 million world-wide), there is, not surprisingly, plenty of available information about diabetes - the physical effects, the treatments and medical support, advice on prevention and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. But what about the psychological effects and the importance of emotional well-being for those living with the condition on a day-to-day basis? The very fact that diabetes cannot be cured can, for many, feel like a mental hurdle too large to overcome. Now, however, help is at hand...


In her insightful and practical new book, Diabetes and Wellbeing, UK-based Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jen Nash (who has herself lived with diabetes since childhood), addresses in a clear and straightforward way, the range of emotional impacts - fear, frustration, depression and self-blame to name but a few - that living with diabetes can have on an individual, their families and their supporters. Moving on to explain how psychology, and in particular the well-researched and effective principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help us manage such negative emotions, she guides the reader through a practical five-step process that shows us how, by learning to influence our thoughts, we can stay motivated and have a positive impact on our mood and sense of emotional well-being.


Once learned, these strategies can be utilized to help tackle a wide range of the emotional challenges that may lay ahead, from coping more readily with daily treatments to better communicating with family members and health professionals, from overcoming food related issues to addressing sexual problems that may arise, from setting realistic goals to dealing with setbacks. It's an approach that Dr. Jen has used for herself as well as with many of her own patients and one that should have a positive impact not just emotionally but physically too.

A valuable and informative resource Diabetes and Wellbeing is a must for anyone living with diabetes, their supporters and for the healthcare professionals involved in their care.


To speak to Dr. Jen Nash or for a review copy of Diabetes and Wellbeing, please contact:  Michelle Martella at Wiley Tel: +1 201-748-6145/email: mmartella@wiley.com

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