Psychological Side of Type 1 Diabetes

The impact of a chronic illness on a family

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 Pychological 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

 

 

 

The Psychological Side of T1D

Summary of Dr. Barbara Anderson Presentation
Burnout & Miscarried Helping

We are continuing to add resources for this topic! More coming soon!

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