Diabetes can cause a number of other medical problems. However, few people focus on the emotional distress which can be caused by managing the disease. In a survey of 8,918 people with diabetes, about one in five said they experienced a negative psychological impact “most or all of the time,” and that diabetes was “taking up too much of their daily life.” The same number also said they felt they needed a referral to a psychologist but haven’t been given one. Women were about twice as likely as men to feel the need for a psychologist. A great resource for this in Monterey County is CHOMP, which has a great diabetes management program.