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Diabetes is about more than just numbers- you are more than just your A1c.

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At any given time, there are an more than 50,000 college students with T1D in the United States, and people with diabetes are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. That means if you are dealing with these things- you’re not alone!

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Watch our Facebook Live event with students

and experts discussing mental health and T1D

and join our Young Adult Facebook group to

chat with peers who get it.

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Read CDN blogs about the relationship between T1D and mental health. 

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The American Diabetes Association now

has a directory for mental health providers

who are knowledgeable about diabetes,

which you can find here.

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Are you struggling with disordered eating? These places can help.

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Thanks to Lexicon for their support of this program!

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"There are many individuals living with T1D who I have met or know of that have struggled with anxiety and depression due to life struggles, but also managing their T1D. To me, this situation seems like a common occurrence among the young adult T1D community and I myself have experience with this situation."

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Seryn Crawford
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Ball State
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Muncie, Indiana
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"The misconception that simply eating too much sugar causes diabetes also influenced my body image in that I felt I had to prove something.However, many factors (including diabetes burnout) combined to trigger disordered eating patterns and behaviors. I did not even realize I was using them."

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Meagan Banks
Chapter
Georgia Tech
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"There are so many times where diabetes just leads to a whirlwind of internalized thoughts and feelings."

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Sabrina Bhandari
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University of California - Riverside
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"Often times I just felt behind, incompetent, or falling short in comparison to my peers. These internalized feelings eventually sent me into a rollercoaster of anxiety and depression, and I had never even considered that diabetes could be the source. My experience has taught me this: The physical effects of diabetes are prioritized because its considered a more direct danger, but in the face of that we cannot neglect the emotional aspects. Both sides should be included in our on-going discussions or when training new families, and I think this is part of the reason that having a community like the College Diabetes Network (CDN) is important."

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Sabrina Bhandari
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University of California - Riverside