Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: the hardest part of having diabetes is psychological. At least it is for many of us. With all the attention your diabetes requires, how do you offset feelings of isolation, stay motivated, and keep from feeling overwhelmed?

Diabetes distress and, more seriously, depression, are common sidekicks to diabetes. So if you’re feeling down or distressed, it’s important to take a good, honest look at your state of mind. Yes, it's possible you may need some expert help, but sometimes, just connecting with other people who face the same challenges every day can be very beneficial.

The good news is that there are more resources, classes, conferences, and a bigger support community available to you now than ever before.

Read on for tips on exploring your own needs and ways to take advantage of support resources.

Tip 1: Be a Problem-Solver

Taking care of yourself with diabetes is indeed a “mental game,” requiring you to learn to function comfortably on a number of levels. The first place to start is in your very own head. How do you think about your diabetes every day? Do you tell yourself “it’s just … Read more>>

Tip 2: Get Screened for Serious Distress

Negative feelings and a sense of being overwhelmed are incredibly common among people with diabetes—so how do you judge whether you’re just experiencing the everyday frustrations, or whether you are genuinely distressed and possibly in need of help? … Read more>>

Tip 3: Try Relaxation Techniques

For those experiencing more of the “everyday frustrations,” figuring out what’s eating you is always the first step in combating stress. Once you’ve pinpointed your sources of stress, you can hopefully tackle it directly by changing your schedule or talking with the … Read more >>

Tip 4: Find a Real-Life PWD Buddy (Person with Diabetes)

Feeling lost and alone? Isolation is one of the most important grievances of people with diabetes. Most of us lack a confidante who really understands what it means to live with this disease. That certainly was the case for me. One of the first things I did after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes was find a friend-of-a-friend with the same illness who’d agree to meet me for coffee. … Read more >>

Tip 5: Find Support Online

As we struggle to offset stress and stay motivated, there’s no underestimating the value of community support—for everyone from the newly diagnosed to the long-term patient who’s feeling burned out by diabetes. If you’re reading these tips here at DiabeticConnect.com, you’re already tapping into the benefits of the online diabetes community … Read more >>

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About Coping with Diabetes & Seeking Support

•    Five Ways to Feel Less Alone with Your Diabetes
•    The Diabetes Family Affair
•    Everything I Need to Know I Learned at TCOYD
•    Who Is ‘Jimmy Insulin’? (mentoring program)
•    Welcome to Health 2.0 (by Amy Tenderich)