Psychological Side of Type 1 DiabetesThe 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.
Diabetes is so unique – no two kids are alike
Challenges with diabetes mentally can occur at any age. Diabetes is so unique. No two Type 1s are the same depending on age of diagnosis, management methods, individual interests and of course family dynamics.
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
Reach out for help
Raising a teen with Type 1 Diabetes might just be the most challenging parenting role you experience. Surround yourself with a good support team. Preparing a child to live with a lifelong chronic condition requires lots of resources.
Make the most of the teen years in preparing your child with all the tools necessary including the gift of knowing how to reach out for help when you need it.
The information provided on this page is provided from the parent perspective.
Please seek professional help on this subject from your diabetes care team.