Thursday, December 8, 2016

Recent APA Journal Explores Psychological Impact of Diabetes

With nearly three decades of experience in academic psychiatry, Dr. Gregg Gorton currently serves as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his teaching role, Dr. Gregg Gorton also maintains active membership in the American Psychiatric Association.

The most recent issue of the American Psychological Association publication, American Psychologist, explores the psychological factors that play into the mental health of persons suffering from diabetes, as well as those who have a high risk of developing the disease. The issue also explores program-based intervention as well as methods of identifying and treating mental health conditions linked with diabetes. In total, this special issue contains 10 separate articles by researchers exploring the psychological implications of at-risk and current diabetes patients.

Since the psychology field spans a wide range of disciplines, psychologists are well-equipped to provide mental health care and support to diabetes sufferers and their families, especially younger patients. By helping these patients deal with the psychological burden that can come with diagnosis, diabetes sufferers are better able to handle the stringent care routines that often accompany the condition.