Mental Health + Diabetes

 2018-12-17

There is more than just the physical aspects of diabetes management. It can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. Whether you have diabetes or are a caregiver for someone who has it, you should know first that you are not alone.

If you have type 2 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, or depression. Sometimes talking to other people with diabetes who truly get it can make a big difference—connect with others at the Beyond Type 2 App.

Do you have a personal story you’d like to share? Follow this link to submit your story on how type 2 diabetes has impacted your life. Your story contributes to our growing community of people living with type 2 diabetes and brings a new perspective to our fight in redefining what it means to live with it.

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Getting Therapy

Educational content related to mental health therapy is made possible with support from ​BetterHelp. ​Editorial control rests solely on Beyond Type 1.

Thank you to BetterHelp for offering everyone in our community two free weeks of professional online therapy. Learn more at BetterHelp.com/BeyondType1.

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