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Diabetes and psychological care


Use the following resources and tools to improve psychological care for people with diabetes.

People with diabetes experience disproportionately high rates of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. All people with diabetes should have access to psychological treatment and support to reduce psychological distress and improve self-management.


This guide is for healthcare professionals working with people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who are experiencing emotional difficulties. It offers strategies and tools for how to recognise and have conversations about emotional problems, as well as for providing appropriate support. Read more.

Essential reading

Shared practice examples


This resource complements our longer how-to guide. Its purpose is to support you and your team to review the hints and tips and select specific suggestions that you can implement. The aim is to make some simple changes to your own services, methods and approaches to achieve better outcomes for people living with diabetes.

It is understood that different places have varying degrees of resources - so some of the recommendations may be relatively easy to implement in some settings yet more challenging in others.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the EASD's Psychological Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) study group, Medicine Matters diabetes have created a podcast series focusing on psychosocial care and diabetes. Over six episodes, they will cover key areas including dealing with diabetes distress, the psychological impact of hypoglycaemia, using diabetes technology, adherence to medication, and disengagement with the condition.

Disclaimer: Please note you may find this information of use but please note that these pages are not updated or maintained regularly and some of this information may be out of date.

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