Are You in Diabetes Denial?
When people first learn they have diabetes, many react with a similar emotion: denial. You could be in denial about your diagnosis if you find yourself thinking, “This isn’t happening to me” or “The doctors must be wrong.”
The sentiment is so common that many doctors expect patients to feel this way after delivering a diagnosis. Denial may be our mind’s natural way of coping with bad news—a powerful defense mechanism. It keeps us from becoming depressed and distraught. But over time, the reality sinks in, and denial gives way to acceptance. People come to terms with the fact that they have diabetes and learn how to live with it.
Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced
or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. Use
of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.