Mental Health

Undergrad is awesome. It is simultaneously challenging, exciting, exhausting, scary, fun, and four years of immense growth. You make wonderful friends, get the best support from your campus’ CDN Chapter, and then, you graduate. Moving away to college, I was undoubtedly nervous and excited, but very naive to the changes that moving away from home and into a whole new world would entail. Then, when I graduated college and decided to move away again for grad school, I was much more aware of the… Read more
Living with a chronic illness can be a lot at times. I remember being told the odds of depression or anxiety occurring in those living with type 1 diabetes is two to three times more than the average person. I always thought I would never be in that position. I had a good grasp on my blood sugars, and my A1c had always been relatively in-target. I was diagnosed with T1D at age 8, and honestly had not run into many issues with my diabetes until I was about 17. My senior year of high school, I… Read more
Do you have a running list in your mind of everything you need to get done but cannot seem to make yourself do anything? Do you find yourself feeling like you are never actually leaving work/school because you now live there? Has your anxiety about living with diabetes as a college student increased because you are in a “high risk” category during a pandemic? If you answered yes to any of these, you are not alone. Living in this COVID-19 era, we have all had to juggle working from home,… Read more
Graduate college: Check. Pass my NCLEX: Check. Accept my first job offer: Check. When I was going through the mental checklist of milestones I was expected to be meeting after graduating college, I forgot to include one of the most important things - diabetes. My main focus was making sure that I was keeping up with everyone around me.   When I started my first job as a new graduate nurse on a cardiac floor, I already felt behind all of my peers. I was one of the few people in my… Read more
What drives you? It’s the age-old question that dominates the landscape of college admission essays, job interviews and really applies to any age or life circumstance. So why is it so hard to answer? We live as complex entities. Some of our goals are masked by competing influences. Compromise, or sacrifice, so to say. Each day presents a series of choices that require us to act on our motives. And we respond accordingly.  So how can we improve our alignment? There are many of us that want… Read more
This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1 and was republished with permission. TRIGGER WARNING: This piece contains sensitive content regarding depression and suicide. Unfortunate timing When I was a senior in high school at 17, there was a period I had to live on my own in a Queens, NY apartment. At that time, my mother had survived a heart attack and went through surgery. Shortly after, my apartment building endured a 5-alarm fire and we lost everything that day. Since then, I’d… Read more
Trigger warning - eating disorders. 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… 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
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
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