Columns by Dr. Jen Nash

November 2014: Exposing the Vicious Circle
How guilt and shame may be sabotaging your weight loss

October 2014: Overcoming Needle Phobia
Gaining relaxation and confidence to conquer your fear

July 2014: Helping Siblings with a Diabetes Diagnosis
By Vanessa Waddell, Therapeutic Counsellor at Feel Free Therapy & sister of Dr Jen Nash

June 2014: How to Gain Support for Sexual Dysfunction
Male difficulties prompted by physical and emotional causes

April 2014: Diabetes and Mental Health
Factors that could lead to depression and ways to combat it

March 2014: The Effect of Alcohol on Diabetes
Awareness includes knowing when and how to get help

February 2014: Psychological Approaches to Sleeping Well
Environment, behavior, and thoughts keys to improvement

January 2014: Diabetes and Eating Disorders
Find out the signs and causes, and test yourself

April 2013: What Do Your Thoughts Have to Do with Eating and Weight Loss?
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to change your behavior around food.

November 2012: Why Do We Struggle in Our Relationship with Food?
The biological, psychological, and social factors behind emotional eating.

February 2011:Diabetes and Close Relationships
How to manage both.

January 2011: Diabetes Solutions, Not Resolutions
Stay on track to achieving your goals all year long.

December 2010: Managing Low Moods and Depression
Depression is a common, but often overlooked, problem.

November 2010: Managing Your Diabetes Diagnosis
A diagnosis of diabetes can trigger a grieving for your lost health.

October 2010: No One (Even You!) Lacks Motivation
Learn the secret to staying motivated.

September 2010: Your 'Relationship to Help'
Working with a diabetes counselor for your mental health

July 2010: Diabetes is Tough
Making the most of a life with diabetes

Last Modified Date: November 17, 2014

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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