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Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore Paperback – November 1, 1999
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The American Diabetes Association here attempts a more realistic tone in helping with the stresses of long-term management of the diseasebut doesn't even come close to addressing the anguish and uncertainty reported by recent authors with diabetes, and thus can't really help wrestle with those demons. Psychologist Polonsky adopts the persistently upbeat, encouraging tone that those with the illness have criticized (and that Butterfields Showdown With Diabetes and Roneys Sweet Invisible Body, for instance, so successfully avoided). ``Is diabetes driving you crazy?'' he asks brightly. ``If so, welcome to the club! In fact, a very large club!'' Polonsky's aim here is to overcome the burnout of managing an unending, often volatile disorder on a daily basis, and he does acknowledge at the outset two of the thorniest problems. Not even following medical directions to the letter will prevent crazy days when blood glucose levels rise or fall dramatically for no apparent reason''; even worse, ``there may be scary days when minoror majorcomplications suddenly appear. Polonsky advises self-testing to determine both the degree of burnout and the cause (from taxing self-care to relationships and other stressors), examines each cause in turn, and presents coping mechanisms. There are some helpful suggestions here, but Polonskys toneepitomized in the fable of the ``Blood Sugar Fairy'' who causes weird and wacky occurrences'' like insulin shockis as repellent as a night nurses whimsical cheer. For the establishment line, Touchettes The Diabetes Problem Solver is better; for context and consolation, try Butterfield and Roney. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Do you get depressed about having to deal with diabetes day in and day out? Do you worry about complications, get angry about the never-ending chore of self-care, and get frurstrated by poor results when it feels like you've worked so hard?
If so, you may be suffering from "diabetes burnout"--and you're not alone.
This book addresses not only your frustrations, but also how burnout may contribute to poor self-care, high blood glucose, and later complications. A series of interactive questionnaires and self-evaluations guide you toward overcoming the barriers to good control. Worksheets help you to assess your motivational level and establish a successful plan of action.
Diabetes Burnout addresses such issues as:
Ten good reasons to hate blood sugar monitoring (and what to do about them) Worrying about long-term complications: the uses and misuses of fear Depression and diabetes: a tough combination Friends and family: the diabetes police How stress influences diabetes (and what you can do about it) And more!
Don't let diabetes be in charge of you. Let Diabetes Burnout show you how to take charge of diabetes.
Top customer reviews
AWESOME book. A must read for every diabetic and family member of a diabetic. All doctors who deal with patients with diabetes shouldn't make a copy available to their patients.
I an a diabetic of about 20 years with uncontrolled blood sugars. I learned so much from this book that will help me.
Dr. Polonsky however started a clinic in California to help psychological issues of the grind of maintaining glucose levels as well as trains and lectures doctors from all over the globe to STOP BLAMING THE DIABETIC for the challenges and changes in dealing with Diabetes.
Heck, after reading Diabetes Burnout, it was the first time I ever have had it acknowledged that my feelings that are natural about the challenge of ATTEMPTING to manage my Diabetes are natural and not some sign of weakness.
Understand that the book was published in 1999 (I think), where there are some changes in the understanding of Diabetes and choices.
I agree that the book is not perfect and that a few parts of it seem a little simplistic on working through the psychological issues dealing with the attempt to manage diabetes.
But I would give it 10 stars if I could. It is the first and best book of its kind and Dr Polonsky does GREAT work on this subject. I have spoken to him because, I am immediately be suspicious of anything that comes out of the ADA. Dr Polonsky has never worked for, been paid by or been sponsored by the ADA. The publishing arm of the ADA just saw that they might make some money as publishers of the book.
Just look at the 238 million received by the ADA last year and look at their funding sources. The ADA posts their "Golden Circle", those are entities that have given them over a million dollars in a year. Then look at those in the 500,000 group, etc. As you will see, the funds are from Large Pharm, Insurance companies and Cadbury Schweps (sugar loaded candy and soda). Understand that the money they receive and spend on "research", just goes back to those in their "Golden Circle".
I have been diabetic for twelve years and lost the desire, no the give a damn, about taking care of my diabetes.
This book has good advice.
For someone who needs to know what to do.
For someone who needs a refresher.
For someone who is ready to care again
However, for someone who has lost the will to take care of this health issue, it misses the mark.
It did not make me care.
It didn't fix my give a damn.
It didn't give me back my gotta wanna.
I also recommend that if you want this book, get it in book form, not Kindle form.
It has quizzes and there is a lot of turning back and forth.
A paper or hard cover book would be better for this purpose.