Podcast Interview: Eric Osterlind, NP

Understanding the Mental Health Challenges of Chronic Disease with Dr. Hannah Hamlin


When Hannah Hamlin was diagnosed with type one diabetes, she felt her life was over. But little did she know this unexpected twist would lead her on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Attending a camp for children with type one diabetes, she met Dr. Stephen Ponder, a pediatric endocrinologist who also had the disease. He showed her that despite the challenges, happiness was possible. Later, she connected with Nicole Johnson, a former Miss America, who taught her the power of community and support in overcoming mental and emotional struggles. Hannah’s journey serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, hope and healing are possible.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Learn about the compelling correlation between chronic ailments and mental health struggles.
  • Acquire essential tools for navigating the complexities of chronic illness and mental well-being.
  • Appreciate the power of community support in alleviating hardships for people with chronic health concerns.
  • Investigate the influence adverse childhood events have on the manifestation of lifelong illnesses.
  • Grasp the importance of therapeutic and social networks in maintaining holistic wellness and life satisfaction.

My special guest is Hannah Hamlin

Get to know Hannah Hamlin, a dedicated medical professional who is no stranger to the challenges of chronic disease. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teenager, her own struggles inspired her to explore alternative approaches to healthcare that focus on optimizing health through a holistic perspective. Today, Hannah is a functional medicine specialist, advocating for the integration of lifestyle, nutrition, and sleep in patient treatment plans. Driven by her personal experiences, she is passionate about empowering patients to overcome their mental health struggles related to chronic disease, and to live their fullest, healthiest lives.

Mental Health and Chronic Illness
There is a complex relationship between mental health and chronic illness, as both can impact each other significantly. For people living with chronic disease, addressing mental health is a crucial part of managing their condition. The emotional toll of living with a long-term health problem can often exacerbate physical symptoms and make disease management more challenging. Building awareness and understanding the connection between mental and physical health can help people develop effective strategies for holistic wellbeing. During the conversation, Hannah talks about the connection between adverse childhood events and chronic illness, emphasizing that individuals with mental health disorders often have a higher incidence of chronic illnesses and vice versa. She points out the importance of further studies and increased awareness about the intricate interplay between mental and physical health. By shedding light on how chronic illness can affect mental health, Hannah highlights the need for comprehensive support and resources for individuals living with both.

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