Mental Health, Body Image, and Diabetes Burnout

People with diabetes are more likely to deal with mental health and body image issues than the rest of the population. If you are dealing with these issues, you're not alone.  

EATING DISORDERS

  • Diabulimia is a serious eating disorder that occurs when people with diabetes purposely don’t take enough insulin in order to lose weight. If you or someone you know is suffering from Diabulimia, check out We Are Diabetes, the Diabulimia helpline, and the National Eating Disorders Association for more information.
  • Not every eating disorder can be classified. If you are worried you have an unhealthy relationship with food, contact your health care provider.
  • Check out Meagan's blog about T1D and body image.

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

  • Caring for your mental health is a huge part of any chronic illness. Unfortunately, it's all too common for those with diabetes to be affected by anxiety and depression. It is essential to remember that your mind and your body are connected - ignoring your diabetes will make you feel lousy, and ignoring depression and anxiety will make it hard to manage your diabetes. 
  • Do not be afraid to seek help - in fact, make it a priority. Most schools have counseling and psychological services freely available - take advantage of this. If your schools counselors are not adequate, ask for a referral to another specalist. 
  • The American Diabetes Association now has a directory for mental health providers who are knowledgable about diabetes, which you can find here.
  • Be proactive - it's better to seek out the resources when it's not an emergency - that way when you need them, they are already there. Take care of your mental health during the good times so you can better withstand the bad. 
  • Above all, remember that you are not alone, and nobody expects you to handle diabetes by yourself. Reach out to others with T1D and you may be surprised who else is struggling with the same feelings. Get connected. That's why College Diabetes Network is here! Let us know if you need help finding others in your area.
  • Diabetes is hard, and it's OK to feel anxious about numbers, A1c, and everything else. Read tips for dealing with anxiety and diabetes here.

 

Burnout

  • Burnout varies from person to person. If you're feeling really down, we recommend talking to a professional about it. Most campuses have counseling services - which are a good place to start. The American Diabetes Association now has a directory for mental health providers who are knowledgable about diabetes here.
  • Check out blogs from CDN students Sabrina and Lindsey who have been there and have advice for dealing with burnout. 

CDN Facebook Live Mental Health Conversation

Watch our Facebook Live T1D and Mental Health Video - our student and professional panelists cover topics including T1D and depression, anxiety, ADHD, and eating disorders.

  

 

Resources

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