Hamilton to hold diabetes support group - How Stress Affects Diabetes

Monday, July 21, 2014

 Chandra Fears, LCSW
 Chandra Fears, LCSW

DALTON, Ga. – Chandra Fears, LCSW, treatment coordinator with Westcott Behavioral Health, will speak on “How Stress Affects Diabetes” for the Hamilton Diabetes and Nutrition Center diabetes support group on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Center’s classroom at 1109 Burleyson Road, Suite 103.

People with either type 1 or 2 diabetes are twice as likely as those who do not have diabetes to develop major depression. Anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) appear more often in those with diabetes as well. Stress symptoms like insomnia, emotional eating, excessive worry, poor concentration, can complicate the patient’s clinical picture for the physician.

“People with diabetes who are not managing stress well have more difficulty adhering to the lifestyle changes required for controlling this increasingly common chronic disease,” said Fears.

The program is free and open to the public. You can click here to register on-line or call 706-272-6079 for more information or to register.