Mental Health


Type 1 diabetes affects more than just the physical. It’s emotionally taxing and tests our constitutions daily. Whether you have Type 1 or are a caregiver for someone who has it, you should know first that you are not alone. Remember, too, that a big and important part of taking care of yourself, is nurturing the mind and spirit. We are just beginning to explore what that means through our own extensive research as well as by consulting experts from a wide range of disciplines. We’re on the search to discover what contributes to a healthy mental state and how one can achieve a balanced life.

If you have Type 1 diabetes or are caring for someone who does, it is likely that you or your loved one will experience any of the following: stress, diabetes distress, burnout, diabulimia and/or depression.


Stress — Why and How You Should Reduce It

When it comes to having Type 1, keeping stress in check is paramount for preventing long-term complications. Here are 7 easy tips on how to reduce stress if you have diabetes.MORE

Diabetes Burnout

Diabetes burnout is a state in which someone with diabetes grows tired of managing their condition, and then simply ignores it for a period of time, or worse, forever.MORE

How Diabetes Impacts Your Mental Health

Psychology is the study of how situations, emotions and relationships in our lives interact and impact our behavior. Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE, thinks this provides the framework we can use to talk ...MORE

What is Diabulimia?

What are the warning signs of the Type 1 eating disorder "diabulimia"? What are the best forms of treatment? What behaviors or psychological characteristics can put a person with Type 1 at a...MORE

Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is real, and often goes ignored (or even unnoticed) by those who are experiencing it. It's physical, emotional and mental exhaustion.MORE

Finding a Diabetes Mental Health Provider

Even though diabetes is a physical condition, it's no secret that sometimes the biggest challenges in living with diabetes are mental. Finding the right mental health provider for you is importan...MORE

Recommend a Mental Health Care Provider for Type 1 Diabetes

Finding a mental healthcare professional who also understands what it's like to have Type 1 can be difficult. That's why we are building a directory.MORE

The T1D Guide for Mental Health Care Providers

If you’re going to be caring for a person with Type 1 diabetes with regard to their mental health, there are some important things to know about the various emotional impact of having T1D and the ma...MORE

Suicide Risks and Type 1 Diabetes

A 2014 review of studies that examined the relationship between Type 1 and suicide ideation, attempts, and concluded that those with Type 1 also have a higher risk of suicide.MORE

Teens with Type 1 + Depression

We already knew that depression and diabetes are related, and it turns out that teenagers with Type 1 may be especially susceptible to depression.MORE

What is Diabetes Distress?

According to Dr. Lawrence Fisher, Research Director at the Behavioral Diabetes Institute (BDI), Diabetes Distress or “DD” refers to all the fears and worries that people with diabetes experience o...MORE

Help Your Loved One with a Type 1 Diabetes Eating Disorder

Drawing on a series of recent interviews and over fifteen years of research and clinical experience with this unique phenomenon, author Ann Goebel-Fabbri provides groundbreaking insight into the lives...MORE

Self-care is Never Selfish for Parents of Kids with Diabetes

Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding – and most tiring jobs a person does. Add a child with Type 1 diabetes to the mix, and all bets are off! MORE

Anxiety + Diabetes

When this distress gets too high, or is disproportionate to the situation provoking it, the person tends to suffer from anxiety instead of benefitting from it. You don’t have to dig deep to find a r...MORE

Personal Stories

The first step to taking care of yourself mentally, is seeking help and resources. In addition to professional help from a mental health provider, you may find benefit in finding a community in-person or online that “gets it.” Hearing personal accounts from others who have gone through what you are experiencing can be helpful. Learn how others affected by Type 1 have learned to cope with mental stress by reading their stories here or connecting on the Beyond Type 1 App.

For Caregivers

I Can’t Sleep

You wonder if it’s true — that this diagnosis is not your fault. You know it’s stupid, but you feel it. How can you not about the person you grew inside of you? He didn’t ask for this. You ask...MORE

Part Five: The Thing in Front of Me

Imagine your kid running out into the street. Imagine that. That's how it feels and that's how it is when she drops. Now imagine that over and over again. MORE

For T1Ds

My Balancing Act

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Dealing with any disease takes a toll on our sanity, and understandably so. I try not to judge my emotions as they arise. Breathe, acknowledge them, and then exhale. MORE

“Endo Anxiety” and the Visit that Changed my Mind

I mentally rehearse my Endocrinologist Visit Success Plan: The only way to avoid defeat is to beat the endocrinologist at her own game. I have to openly admit how horrible I am and then I will be immu...MORE

After They Took My Pancreas

He then took my husband aside and said he operated on the pancreas of a patient two weeks prior and the patient died; my husband should call my friends and family. It appeared I wasn’t long for life...MORE


Seeing Clearly

Growing up in a small home town, I was shaped and defined by the fact that I was “the girl with diabetes.” I got my first taste of what that meant at age six, when my enrollment in public school w...MORE

7 Real-life tips to get through ‘Diabetes Burnout’

I found it really difficult to get through my own experience of ‘diabetes burnout’ so I wanted to share some real life tips that I used successfully to get through it.MORE

When I Stopped Testing My Blood Sugar

When I arrived I had bloods done – my blood sugar was reading at 67mmol/L (1207mg/dL), higher than anyone has ever been admitted whilst still conscious.MORE

Eating Disorders

I Don’t Want to Hate My Body Anymore

As a nursing student, I understand what the lack of care towards this disease can do to a human being. I also am well aware that no one is invincible and anyone can be taken at the drop of a hat by th...MORE

Honesty — How this Type 1 Overcame Diabulimia

In a fit of rebellion and rage, I stopped taking all of my necessary insulin and started keeping my blood sugars high on purpose. What started out as an attempt to avoid having low blood sugars became...MORE
relationship with food and T1D

Has Type 1 Diabetes Affected Your Relationship with Food?

There’s no denying that Type 1 diabetes affects how we think, feel, and behave around food. Read a few tips and experiences from fellow T1Ds.MORE