The Diabetes Psychologist

The Diabetes Psychologist

Hosted by: Mark Heyman

Living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is stressful and can take a significant psychological and emotional toll - and this is something we just don’t talk about enough. Join Dr. Mark Heyman, a clinical psychologist and...

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How Your Diabetes Emotions Are Holding You Hostage

When you live with diabetes or care for someone with diabetes, you carry the weight of constantly being aware of your blood sugar and that can become incredibly exhausting! Sometimes, you may feel confident and in...
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The Anatomy of the Stories We Tell Ourselves about Diabetes

What do you tell yourself when you are facing challenges in your life with diabetes? How you feel about yourself and your diabetes matters, but we all know how difficult diabetes can be and when we are dealing with...
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Physical Safety vs. Emotional Safety with T1D

How many times have you checked your blood sugar and it’s out of range, so you throw logic out the window and quickly react instead of pausing to think about what your next move should be? Maybe you panic and start...
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Improving Your Mindset in the Long Game of Diabetes & Mental Health

How are you feeling right now in your life with diabetes and mental health?  (ex: stressed, overwhelmed, strong, confident, tired, content, burnout, etc.)   Take a moment to check in with yourself because your mindset...
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My Biggest Mental Health Challenges with T1D

Is it important for you to have someone on your diabetes healthcare team who also lives with diabetes? I recently asked my Instagram followers this question and many responses said yes, it’s extremely important for...
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Navigating the Mental Gymnastics of Diabetes

Two years ago, at the age of 33, Jake was diagnosed with diabetes. Having lived a majority of his life without diabetes, Jake has been struggling with grieving his old life and is in the process of learning how to...
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Identifying Risk & Protective Factors in Your Mental Health with T1D

**Content warning: we discuss drug prevention in an example during this podcast episode at 2:30. If you want to avoid this section, please skip to 4:04** From time to time, we all struggle with creating a healthy...
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How to See Yourself as More Than a Person with Diabetes

Diabetes does not define you.  The stress of diabetes can feel overwhelming at times - like you can’t breathe or focus on anything else. It can feel like a constant balance between enjoying your life and prioritizing...
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Your Mental Health and Your Blood Sugars

Have you ever felt really stressed out and then your CGM alarm starts blaring or your finger stick shows your sugars are going high, which then caused you to stress out even more? We have all been through stressful...
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Ask Dr. Mark

My new book, Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It, launched this week!! For the past year, I have been working tirelessly to create a useful and easy-to-read guide for managing the emotional challenges of T1D. This...
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Why Avoiding the Stress of T1D is Not the Answer

Episode #83

Do you ever feel like you just need a break from diabetes? Do you think the best way to reduce your stress is to avoid thinking about and managing diabetes for a while? On paper, that makes sense. However, what...
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5 Things I Learned about T1D While Writing My Book

Episode #82

My book, Diabetes Sucks and You Can Handle It comes out soon!   As I think about the quickly approaching book release, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the habits that I formed and the lessons that I...
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