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Mental Health and Diabetes: A Holistic Approach to Your Well-Being

Why Mental Health Matters

Living with diabetes can be challenging, affecting not only your physical health but also your mental and emotional well-being. Managing diabetes often involves continuous monitoring, lifestyle adjustments, and dealing with potential complications. These demands can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression. That’s why addressing mental health is a crucial part of comprehensive diabetes care.

The Importance of Mental Health Services for Diabetes Management

Mental health and diabetes are closely linked. Stress and negative emotions can impact blood glucose levels, making diabetes management more difficult. Conversely, high blood sugar levels can influence your mood and overall mental health. By integrating mental health services into diabetes care, we aim to:
  • Reduce Stress: Helping you develop coping strategies to manage the daily challenges of living with diabetes.
  • Improve Self-Management: Empowering you with the tools and support needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Enhance Quality of Life: Addressing emotional and psychological issues to improve overall well-being and happiness.
  • Prevent Complications: Supporting mental health can lead to better diabetes control, reducing the risk of complications.

Our Mental Health Services

At LMC Healthcare, we offer a range of mental health services designed to support you in managing your diabetes effectively:
  • Counseling and Therapy: One-on-one sessions with licensed therapists who understand chronic illness and diabetes-related stress.
  • Stress Management: Learn practical techniques to reduce stress and improve your emotional resilience.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Address habits and behaviors that may be hindering your diabetes management, working towards healthier patterns.
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Incorporate mindfulness practices to help manage anxiety and improve your overall mental state.
Whether you are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, diabetes distress, relationship issues, or other mental health concerns, our psychologists are dedicated to helping you develop effective coping strategies, enhance your emotion-management skills, and improve your overall wellbeing.

Meet Dr. Kerris Oates

Dr. Kerris has joined our team as the inaugural psychologist and Director of Mental Health. Dr. Kerris brings over 15 years of experience in clinical psychology, including in the intersection of mental health and chronic illness management.
Dr. Kerris is now accepting referrals and will be providing therapy and assessment services specifically tailored to our diabetes patients. These services will be available virtually, providing accessibility for patients from all LMC Healthcare locations across Ontario.
To learn more about our psychological assessment and therapy services, please contact our office at 1-844-MH AT LMC (1-844-642-8652) or [email protected].