Each year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) publishes Standards of Care, which are designed to provide clinicians, researchers, people with diabetes and others with the latest information and guidelines regarding diabetes prevention and management. The ADA’s Standards of Care pulls together the latest in diabetes research to provide helpful information on effective approaches for:
- Testing and diagnosing diabetes
- Preventing diabetes
- Caring for and treating diabetes
- Preventing and managing diabetes complications
- Assessing common health conditions that can be associated with or co-occur with diabetes (obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, heart failure, depression and anxiety, arthritis, and other diseases or conditions)
At Endeavor Psychology, our approach draws directly from the ADA’s guidance – and the strategies that empirical research has found to be most effective in preventing and managing diabetes. These include:
- Help implementing lifestyle modification strategies that have been shown to be very effective in diabetes prevention
- Psychoeducation and support to help clients understand effective self-management and self-care
- Screening and thorough assessment to understand the client’s thoughts and feelings about diabetes, expectations for medical management and outcomes, mood, quality of life, resources and supports, and psychiatric history – all of which can be integrated into a tailored diabetes management plan
- Help addressing mental health issues (depression and diabetes-related distress, anxiety, eating disorders and cognitive impairment) that are critical to address in order to improve diabetes outcomes
- Assistance implementing health behavior changes, including:
- healthy lifestyle changes (physical activity, healthy eating, nonuse of tobacco, weight management, effective coping);
- disease self-management (strategies to adhere to medication and self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure when clinically appropriate); and
- prevention of diabetes complications (identifying appropriate motivations and barriers to assist in a commitment to self-monitoring of foot health; active participation in screening for eye, foot, and renal complications; and immunizations)
(ADA Standards of Care 2014)
Why should I choose Endeavor Psychology to help me manage my diabetes?
There are a number of medical and mental health providers who often are, or should be, involved in diabetes management. Physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and mental health professionals with expertise in diabetes can all play key roles in your diabetes management team. However, because you are the one managing your diabetes on a day to day basis, you also must have the knowledge, empowerment and supports that you need to play an active role in your care.
At the Endeavor Psychology Practice, we have extensive expertise working with clients to help manage diabetes and the psychological challenges that often face those dealing with diabetes. Dr. Brad Spickard, Director of Endeavor Psychology, was involved in one of the first National Institutes of Health efforts to create a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based treatment model to help patients with diabetes manage their health and deal with depression. He has spent the last several years working closely with diabetes specialists in order to further develop diabetes programing at Derry Medical Center in Derry, NH and has worked extensively with clients through psychoeducation programs, therapeutic groups, and through individualized counseling. His background in exercise physiology and health psychology provides a particularly unique and effective therapeutic skill set that he utilizes to tailor interventions for those presenting with diabetes.
If you need assistance managing your diabetes, please contact us for a consultation.