Mental Health, Body Image, and Diabetes Burnout

People with diabetes are more likely to deal with mental health and body image issues than the rest of the population. If you are dealing with these feelings., you're not alone. Check out additional resources at the bottom of the page, and enjoy some cute animals while you're at it. 


  • Diabulimia is a serious eating disorder that occurs when people with diabetes purposely don’t take enough insulin in order to lose weight. If you or someone you know is suffering from Diabulimia, check out the resources below including We Are Diabetes, the Diabulimia helpline, and the National Eating Disorders Association for more information
  • Not every eating disorder can be classified. If you are worried you have an unhealthy relationship with food, contact your health care provider.


Caring for your mental health is a huge part of any chronic illness. Unfortunately, it's all too common for those with diabetes to be affected by greater anxiety and depression than the rest of the population. It is essential to remember that your mind and your body are connected - ignoring your diabetes will make you feel lousy, and ignoring depression and anxiety will make it hard to manage your diabetes. 

Do not be afraid to seek help - in fact, make it a priority. Most schools have counseling and psychological services freely available - take advantage of this. If your schools counselors are not adequate, ask for a referral from them or a friend to an area office. The American Diabetes Association now has a directory for mental health providers who are knowledgable about diabetes here.

Be proactive - it's better to seek out the resources when it's not an emergency - that way when you need them, they are already there. Take care of your mental health during the good times so you can better withstand the bad. 

Above all, remember that you are not alone, and nobody expects you to handle diabetes by yourself. Reaching out to other diabetics or other close friends and you may be surprised who else is struggling with the same feelings. Get connected. That's why College Diabetes Network is here.  


Burnout varies from person to person. If you're feeling really down, we recommend talking to a professional about it. Most campuses have counseling services - which are a good place to start. The American Diabetes Association now has a directory for mental health providers who are knowledgable about diabetes here.

Watch our Facebook Live T1D and Mental Health Video - our student and professional panelists cover topics including T1D and depression, anxiety, ADHD, and eating disorders.


Diabetes is hard, and it's OK to feel tired of it. Read Tips for Anxious Diabetics here.

Most of these pictures and videos were submitted by our students. Do you have a funny video/picture/GIF/etc. that we should put on the burnout page? Send it our way!







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