About Type 1 Diabetes Distress Scale (T1-DDS)

DIRECTIONS: Living with type 1 diabetes can be tough. Listed below are a variety of distressing things that many people with type 1 diabetes experience. Thinking back over the past month, please indicate the degree to which each of the following may have been a problem for you by circling the appropriate number. For example, if you feel that a particular item was not a problem for you over the past month, you would circle “1“. If it was very tough for you over the past month, you might circle “6“.

Not a Problem
A Slight Problem
A Moderate Problem
Somewhat Serious Problem
A Serious Problem
A Very Serious Problem

13. Feeling worried that I will develop serious long-term complications, no matter how hard I try.

14. Feeling that I don’t get help I really need from my diabetes doctor about managing diabetes.

17. Feeling that my friends or family treat me as if I were more fragile or sicker than I really am.

18. Feeling that my diabetes doctor doesn't really understand what it's like to have diabetes.