Type 1 Diabetic Teens Burnout and DepressionThe impact of a chronic illness on a teen
The Psychological Side
of Type 1 Diabetes
There is no doubt that the psychological side of Type 1 Diabetes impacts the whole family. It is challenging enough to parent a teen but parenting a teen with Type 1 is a whole new ball game. Challenges with burnout, peer pressure and self-management choices can create havoc on family dynamics.
Is it the diabetes or is it normal teen behavior?
You have probably asked this question. Having personally lived through Type 1 Diabetes with a teen, it may be a little bit of both. This has a huge impact on diabetes management. You have mastered so much with Type 1 but it is important that you include professional support for the psychological side of T1D.
Burnout, Depression, Eating disorders, Poor control
These are some of the issues where you need to rely on the professionals. Someone who truly understands the impact of living with a chronic disease. Your endocrinologist can help you in finding support for your child. Communicate your concerns. This will be something your endocrinologist has heard before because it is such a common issue. Let the professionals help you through this stage. There is always comfort in knowing you are not alone.
Utilize the resources
Since Type 1 To Go focuses on the non-medical issues, we will be redirecting you to some amazing resources for this topic. Those final years before your Type 1 leaves home are important educational years. We recommend that you utilize the resources while you have access to pediatric care. Building a strong foundation is the key to successful independence for your Type 1 Teen.
Check out our Blog post
“The Psychological Side of T1D”
This is a summary of a wonderful
presentation by Dr. Barbara Anderson.
Dr. Anderson is known worldwide for her
work with Type 1 children and their families.
Dr. Anderson is a Psychologist with
Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine
Read our blog on T1D Teachable Moments.
It’s about raising a Teen with Type 1
and finding the positive moments.