Don’t take anger at face value

Diabetic Living - - YOUR THOUGHTS - Susan Pid­dock, SA

Your ar­ti­cle ‘Anger Man­age­ment’ (May/June 2018, page 90) re­ally hit home for me be­cause it was so true for my fam­ily. My dad suf­fered ter­ri­ble rages and I used to be too ter­ri­fied to go out with him as you never knew when he would fall into a rage.

How­ever, for my dad it was un­di­ag­nosed de­pres­sion that was the cause of the rages. A doc­tor fi­nally re­alised and put my dad on an­tide­pres­sants and the rages dis­ap­peared. I had a new dad and we did a lot of things to­gether and had fun.

The psy­chi­a­trist told Mum he did not know why dad was so an­gry, it was sim­ply a re­sponse to chem­i­cals in the brain. It is so im­por­tant that we don’t ac­cept anger in men as a nor­mal male thing and look for causes.

I have ev­ery is­sue of Di­a­betic Liv­ing and to keep track of recipes I have found a card in­dex re­ally use­ful. I put down the name of the dish, is­sue and page num­ber and put them un­der cat­e­gories such as break­fast, desserts or sal­ads, for ex­am­ple.

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