Mental Health

When insulin dependent diabetics have an eating disorder, it can be more fatal and detrimental than for those who do not have diabetes. This is not to diminish others’ experiences with eating disorders, but it is especially true when considering eating disorders focusing on the use of insulin or lack thereof to manipulate one's weight. “People with anorexia generally restrict the number of calories and the types of food they eat.  Some people with the disorder also exercise compulsively, purge… Read more
Over the past 1-2 years, I began a true quest for total health and wellness. After discovering holistic health and the “mind-body-spirit connection,” I learned that the mind, body, and spirit (or soul) are in perfect conjunction with each other and that all three aspects equally contribute to both our wellness and disease. Throughout my childhood, I was kind of familiar with mental wellness; I practiced thinking and speaking joyful thoughts and words, and I tried to catch myself when negativity… Read more
There is nothing predictable about living life with diabetes. In fact, the only consistent thing about diabetes, is its inconsistency. Although it’s extremely frustrating to accept, it was inspiration for my wanting to found a Chapter of CDN at the University of Dayton. I thought that with support from other college students and the local community, balancing diabetes and daily college life could be made easier. CDN has not only introduced me to other individuals with diabetes and provided me… Read more
CDN began as something that I started at my university to become more involved on campus. I have never been one to share my diabetes story with anyone, and frankly, most of my friends didn’t even know I had it. But once I started the club and began to get so much positive feedback and interest, I knew I had begun something bigger than I originally thought. Upon receiving an email that said I was selected to attend the Diabulimia conference with CDN, I had never been more ecstatic. Being a… Read more
On August 15, 2016 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D). In the preceding three weeks I had lost 24 pounds, become fatigued, developed blurry vision, and somehow more frighteningly than anything else... the skin on my palms was peeling as though from a sunburn. At that time I was completely ignorant about diabetes. I didn’t know the difference between the two types, the causes, the relative genetic risks for each, or really anything else. I didn’t have the slightest idea how an insulin… Read more
Question: How can I help my friend who has depression and diabetes? Answer - Maddy: Rates of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are higher in T1Ds compared to the rest of the population, so your loved one is absolutely not alone. Being a teenager is hard already, and the stress of managing diabetes and mental health on top of school, extracurriculars, and work can make it extra challenging. Acknowledging that your friend has a lot on their plate is a great place to start when… Read more
STUDENT ADVICE COLUMNIST MADDY Question: How can I help my friend who has depression and diabetes? Answer - Maddy: Rates of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are higher in T1Ds compared to the rest of the population, so your loved one is absolutely not alone. Being a teenager is hard already, and the stress of managing diabetes and mental health on top of school, extracurriculars, and work can make it extra challenging. Acknowledging that your friend has a lot on their… Read more
My name is Madison Lambert, I am 19 years old and a first-year student at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Being a social work major, the topic of self-care comes up just about every day. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 18; less than a year ago on August 6, 2015. I was diagnosed during a routine appointment at my pediatrician’s office with a blood glucose of over 600 and immediately sent to the emergency room.  I found myself having to fine tune and create new self… Read more
To begin, I want to get a point or two across. First, individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) manage their chronic illness and may struggle with it in their own unique way. However, there can definitely be similarities between individuals and their management/struggles, which brings me to my next point: 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… Read more
Starting college reminded me of how I felt when I was first diagnosed with type one diabetes (T1D). Being thrust into a new beginning is terrifying, but while discovering how to fit into a new world, it is vital to realize how diabetes fits in as well.  I was diagnosed with T1D two weeks before starting high school. I had only known life with T1D in the context of school, sports, and home in a small town. Diabetes was my own cross to bear but I had support and help everywhere I looked, from… Read more
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