Mental Health


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.

Diabetes + Mental Health 101

Depression in People with Type 2 Diabetes: Prevalence and Treatment Strategies

Research on the relationship between type 2 diabetes and depression highlighting the true burden of daily management.

How Diabetes Impacts Your Mental Health

Diabetes can affect various parts of your life that impact your mental health, including relationships and emotions. Let’s explore how.

Just Diagnosed with Diabetes? Why and How to Find Mental Health Support

Just diagnosed with diabetes? No matter how you're feeling right now, you deserve help; here's how to find it.

How Diabetes Impacts Your Mood

Blood sugar fluctuations and constant stress means diabetes can easily impact your mood...

Men’s Mental Health and Diabetes

Every day with diabetes is different, but our community is here to help. Join #MenTalkHealth—real conversations about men's mental health.

Getting Therapy

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How Therapy Helped Me After My Diabetes Misdiagnosis

For T’ara Smith, the tools she learned in therapy to manage negative thoughts helped her weather big life transitions—and a misdiagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Getting Therapy as a Man with Diabetes: “Our pride gets the best of us.”

Asking for help is never easy—especially for a man in today’s world where mental health is often overlooked. Here, Keith shares why asking for help was worth it.

How to Find Therapy Online

Online and telehealth options for therapy can help you personalize your mental health care to fit your life.


5 Ways to Overcome Blood Sugar Testing Anxiety

Testing your blood sugar sucks sometimes. It can be painful and cause anxiety if we fear our numbers. If you feel this way, we have 5 ways to help you overcome blood sugar testing anxiety.

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.

Moving Past Denial With Type 2 Diabetes

Denial is all too common for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and for good reason. Let's take a closer look...

I need to take insulin but I’m scared of needles…

Are you struggling to take your insulin as prescribed because of a fear of needles? Learn more about needle phobia here.


A Different Kind of Happiness: Defining My Own Success with Type 2 Diabetes

Living a happy life with type 2 diabetes, beyond A1C, looks different for everyone. Bill Santos shares what successful management looks like for him.

Losing Weight with Type 2 Diabetes: “You cannot hate yourself to wellness.”

Mary Van Doorn shares her weight loss journey over 20+ years with type 2 diabetes while facing the biggest obstacle—her emotional wellness.

Body Image: You Don’t Need to be Skinny to be Fit

Plenty of extremely active, fit people look decidedly “average” by the insane standards of our current society and they are kicking butt every day. You don’t have to be stick thin to be thriving and living a healthy, fit, fun-filled life.

Losing Weight with Type 2 Diabetes: Things to Consider

Losing weight with type 2 diabetes isn’t as simple as many might think. Here are a few important details to keep in mind while working on your weight-loss goals as a person with T2D.