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The emotional burden of diabetes: A look at diabetes distress

Giese, Karla K., DNP, FNP-BC, BC-ADM, CDE

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000541470.61913.1c
Feature: DIABETES DISTRESS

Abstract: Patients with diabetes are sometimes overwhelmed with the burden of self-care associated with the disease. Although it may seem appropriate to diagnose patients experiencing such emotional burdens with depression, the literature over the past 20 years has matured the concept of diabetes distress, which may more accurately describe the phenomenon.

Patients with diabetes are sometimes overwhelmed with the burden of self-care associated with the disease. While it may seem appropriate to diagnose patients experiencing such emotional burdens with depression, the literature over the past 20 years has matured the concept of diabetes distress, which may more accurately describe the phenomenon.

Karla K. Giese is an NP, diabetes specialist, board certified in advanced diabetes management, and director of diabetes quality for the AADE Accredited Diabetes Education Program at Lovelace Medical Group/Southwest Medical Associates, Albuquerque, NM, and an assistant professor of Nursing at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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