DiabetiConfessions
Recognize and Understand! Diabetes is not just physical.

Over the course of having this blog running, and over the course of being diabetic for 16 years now, I have seen a HUGE trend in regards to this disease that needs to be recognized and understood more. I have gotten countless submissions and questions about depression, eating disorders, self-harm/self-injury, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, guilt, and so on.

Diabetes is NOT just a physical disease. That’s why this blog exists. As an outlet, as a release for the emotions that come with being diabetic, in a place where there are other diabetics who understand and can relate - without judgment. 

The unfortunate part of this is that there are so many people who do not recognize, understand, or notice these emotions and mental struggles that come with being diabetic. I want to list here a few sources relating to this - some as resources for those seeking help, some as just information to reference to help other people understand.

Depression:

Eating Disorders:

  • DWED [Links to the official website, there is also a tumblr; articles, messages of hope, resources, and the like - this is an excellent source!]
  • JDRF Article on Diabulemia [Explanation, statistics, getting help.]
  • ScienceDaily Article [“Diabetes’ Link to Eating Disorders” by a pediatric psychologist, exploring the links between the two]
  • Diabetes Health [Extensive article covering many aspects of diabetes and eating disorders together] 
Anxiety:
  • Diabetes.Org [Study linking diabetes and anxiety -includes statistics on higher likelihood of anxiety conditions in diabetes.] 
  • TuDiabetes.org [Forum discussing diabetes and anxiety conditions/medications.]
  • Group Health Research [“All over the world, people with diabetes are more likely to have depression or anxiety than are others. This is according to the first large-scale population-based assessment of common mental disorders with diabetes.”]

Other/Combination:

  • DiabetesJournals [This is a really dense article covering a longitudinal psychological study, it references self-harm, depression, eating disorders, and other aspects.]
  • WeAreDiabetes [A personal story about struggling with eating disorders, self-harm, suicide attempt, and recovery by a type 1 diabetic. There is also a tab of this website labeled “Diabulemia.”]
  • DiabetesDaily Forum[A forum regarding mental health and diabetes discussions.]
Obviously, this is not a complete list of the kinds of mental and emotional struggles involved in diabetes. This is just an overview of a few of the most common ones. If anyone else has found any sources they would like to share, I am more than willing to add them to this list, just message me or submit them, and I’ll add them on.
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