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The Emotional Side of Juvenile Diabetes

August 19, 2015 by  
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Image of a boy with juvenile diabetes

Keeping an open line of communication with your child, family, and medical professionals will help you and your child cope with the diagnosis of juvenile diabetes.

There are many emotions that you and your child might have to deal with after being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. It is important that you as a parent understand what your child is feeling and help them cope with the diagnosis. Here are a few examples of what your child might be experiencing.

  • Anger- After being diagnosed with diabetes it is common for anyone to ask, “Why me!” You are going to want to keep a very close eye on your child, and they might still want their independence. They want to feel like big kids and not have you hovering over them. The loss of independence can be very frustrating for a child even if it is necessary for their health. There are also restrictions that are placed on everyday activities, and your child might resent not being able to do everything they want to do.
  • Depression- It is common for kids with diabetes to feel depressed, sad, and hopeless. Your child might cry a lot, have a hard time sticking with the management plan, or have changes in sleeping or eating habits.
  • Guilt- There is a significant change to the daily habits of a diabetic and those around them. Your child might be blaming themselves for not only developing diabetes, but the impact the disease has on themselves and others as well.
  • Fear- Many aspects of diabetes can be scary, the needles, blood sugar control problems, and long-term health problems, etc. Having the correct information available can often help them deal with their fears.
  • Denial- Kids just want to fit in. It can be very hard to be the only child who has diabetes and gets special treatment. Sometimes kids will pretend they don’t have diabetes, and this can be very dangerous for their blood sugar management.
  • Isolation- Sometimes your child might be the only person they know that has diabetes. That can make them feel isolated and alone.
  • Dependence- After being diagnosed with diabetes, your child might start acting younger than their age. They might become more dependent on you and or their peers as a way of coping with the disease.

You and the rest of your family might also be dealing with some of these emotions. Don’t hesitate to ask the health care team any questions that you have about managing your child’s diabetes. They will be able to give you information on how to deal with the emotional and medical side of diabetes, not only for your child, but also you and the rest of your family. There is a wealth of help out there to help you and your family learn to cope with diabetes. There are books, support groups, counselors, websites, and much more. In time you and your family will become accustomed to dealing with diabetes.


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