Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Diabetes and depression

Your ability to cope with your diagnosis will impact on your overall health. We can't tell you how you'll feel, but we do know that everyone reacts differently.


Coping strategies

  • Don't isolate yourself
  • Don't be hard on yourself
  • Talk to your diabetes health care team and let them know how you are going
  • Set small and specific goals
  • Confide in someone - talk to your family and friends so they know how you feel


It's OK to ask for help. Day to day challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming but it can be easier to manage with the right support. Diabetes Queensland offers a psychologist phone service should you wish to make an appointment to talk to someone. 


Let people know

Tell people close to you that you have diabetes. Give them a chance to support you and make them aware of how diabetes impacts your life. An ID bracelet is a good idea because if you have a hypo, people will know how to help you.


There is no legal requirement for you to tell your employer that you have diabetes, but it may help them understand your treatment and management plans.