It is not uncommon for children and teenagers to feel depressed if they have diabetes. Eating disorders, especially among girls, are common. One type of eating disorder among teens with diabetes involves skipping insulin. This allows a person to eat and not gain weight. If you start to suspect that your child is depressed or developing any sort of coping problem, eating disorder, or behavioral problem, seek the help of a professional counselor immediately.
Deepti Rawal, MD
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- Is it common for kids to feel depressed about their diabetes?
Where can I find people to talk to about living with diabetes?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredTo find people to talk to about living with diabetes, ask your doctor about diabetes support groups in your area. Your local hospital may also be able to connect you to a support group. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) also sponsors support groups in local communities across the United States as well as online. Contact your local chapter of the ADA, or log onto its website at www.diabetes.org.
What questions should I ask my child's doctor if my child has diabetes?
Questions to ask your child's doctor if your child has diabetes:
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- Which symptoms should we look for?
- When should we call the doctor?
- Which doctor should we call? Pediatrician or endocrinologist? Or both?
- How often should we test blood glucose (BG) levels and ketones during illness?
- Which over-the-counter medicines are safe to take?
- If needed, how much additional insulin should be given?