About Diabetes Distress Scale (DDS)
DIRECTIONS: Living with diabetes can be tough. Listed below are a variety of distressing things that many people with diabetes experience. Thinking back over the past month, please indicate the degree to which each of the following may have been a problem for you by circling the appropriate number. For example, if you feel that a particular item was not a problem for you over the past month, you would circle “1“. If it was very tough for you over the past month, you might circle “6“.
1. Feeling that diabetes is taking up too much of my mental and physical energy every day.
2. Feeling that my doctor doesn't know enough about diabetes and diabetes care.
3. Not feeling confident in my day-to-day ability to manage diabetes.
4. Feeling angry, scared and/or depressed when I think about living with diabetes.
5. Feeling that my doctor doesn't give me clear enough directions on how to manage my diabetes.
6. Feeling that I am not testing my blood sugars frequently enough.
7. Feeling that I will end up with serious long-term complications, no matter what I do.
8. Feeling that I am often failing with my diabetes routine.
9. Feeling that friends or family are not supportive enough of self-care efforts (e.g. planning activities that conflict with my schedule, encouraging me to eat the "wrong" foods).
10. Feeling that diabetes controls my life.
11. Feeling that my doctor doesn't take my concerns seriously enough.
12. Feeling that I am not sticking closely enough to a good meal plan.
13. Feeling that friends or family don't appreciate how difficult living with diabetes can be.
14. Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes.
15. Feeling that I don't have a doctor who I can see regularly enough about my diabetes.
16. Not feeling motivated to keep up my diabetes self management.