National Diabetes Awareness Month

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Adjusting to LIfe as a Youth with T1D

Adjusting to LIfe as a Youth with T1D


Have you recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)? This can feel overwhelming as your life is adjusting to a new “normal”. Here are some things that can be helpful to look out for as you adjust to life with a diagnosis of T1D!

  • Changes with my friends. Sometimes it feels like being diagnosed with T1D makes you “different”. This is not true! Your diagnosis is not who you are, and it does not have to change the friends you have. Don’t isolate yourself from others in fear of rejection!
  • Bullying. Are people making fun of you because of your T1D diagnosis? Tell a trusted adult who can help you navigate this difficult situation.
  • How to talk about the diagnosis. It can be confusing and scary for you to be diagnosed, and your friends might have questions about what it means! Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers. Take the time to let them know what T1D is, answer questions you know, and let them know you are still learning about it and may not have all the answers!
  • Family balance. It can be hard to adjust to life at home without added medical concerns. Make sure you know it is okay to be assertive and advocate for your independence even though you have been diagnosed with T1D. Have open communication and ask questions when you need to – it is always okay to ask for help!
  • Eating and checking after diagnosis. Eating is so important to help us balance our lives and health! With a diagnosis of T1D, you also have to check blood sugar levels. If you find you are eating and checking to extremes! Are you unable to do things in your schedule because you are checking your levels so constantly? Are you having trouble with eating enough or too much? Ask a trusted parent or medical provider for help! Here are a couple articles about depression (LINK) and anxiety (LINK) that could be helpful.

Do you feel like you are struggling to adjust to life after your diagnosis with T1D? As stated several times in this article – it is okay to ask for help! Outpatient therapy can be a great option to help navigate the ups and downs of having a chronic medical condition, develop coping skills, and help with fostering healthy relationships in your life!

Check out the services offered at these highly accessible locations:

CARE Counseling – focused on 1-hour weekly sessions for low acuity; CARE now offers Telehealth, which is very convenient for lunch breaks and busy schedules!
2000 Aldrich Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-223-8898
www.care-clinics.com

The Juvenile DIabetes Research Foundation
This foundation has great resources and blog articles to help with navigating the ins and outs of a T1D diagnosis!
https://www.jdrf.org/


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Trauma in Youth with T1D

Trauma in Youth with T1D


According to a source, “researchers found that a serious traumatic event during the first 14 years of life increased the risk of type 1 diabetes.”   4-5% of youth diagnosed with T1D display full PTSD criteria within the first five to six months of their diagnosis. Additionally, as a caregiver for a youth with T1D, research indicates that 17% of caregivers also report PTSD symptoms within five years of their child’s diagnosis (source).

Am I experiencing symptoms of trauma? Here are some symptoms to look out for:intrusive and unwanted memories of events; intense distress, marked reactions to cues and reminders of the events; avoidance of stimuli relating to the events; anger/irritability; self-destructive behaviors (can include gambling, fighting, and substance use); hypervigilance (being on high alert); sleep disturbances (sleeping too much, too little, frequently waking, difficulty falling asleep); feeling like you are not in your body; or feeling like you are in a dream.

Do these sound familiar to you? Outpatient therapy can be a great option to help you or your youth after a T1D diagnosis.  It is a great way to gain grounding skills, a chance to process distressing emotions and thoughts caused by stress, and an opportunity to grow and make meaning for yourself.

Check out the services offered at these highly accessible locations:

CARE Counseling – focused on 1-hour weekly sessions for low acuity
2000 Aldrich Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-223-8898
www.care-clinics.com

PrairieCare – offers a variety of care levels based on your needs
Located throughout the Twin Cities
888-977-2474
www.prairie-care.com

Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy and Wellness – focuses on outpatient services
621 W Lake St #350
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 979-2276
https://www.therapy-mn.com/


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Our wellness experts will be happy to take care of you. You can CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment now or call (612)223-8898.




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The professionals at CARE are actively collecting and creating resources to help with what you need. We’re Here for You.

Depression in Youth with T1D

Depression in Youth with T1D


Are you a parent of a youth with T1D? It can be difficult to manage symptoms of T1D without the added stress of mental health, however studies prove that it is 33-42% more likely that a youth with T1D will also have a mental health diagnosis. Specifically, 26% of this youth population are affected by depression (source)! These symptoms can be caused by social and mental stressors and underdeveloped coping strategies, which impact self-care and the ability to manage T1D.

So what is depression? According to the American Psychological Association, some of the symptoms of depression include: low mood, changes in sleep, changes in appetite, loss of energy, loss of interest, low self-esteem, hopelessness, changes in movement (slower or more tension), and muscle pain. Symptoms can also include a lack of motivation, difficulty concentrating, or difficulty making decisions.

Do these things seem familiar to you? The good news is that there are wonderful resources that you can reach out to for support!  Depending on the level of depression you are experiencing, there are a lot of great options for treatment. Outpatient Therapy can be a great resource to get some coping and stress management skills, healthy boundaries and relationship management, and self-compassion in overwhelming or self-critical situations.

Check out the services offered at these highly accessible locations:

CARE Counseling – focused on 1-hour weekly sessions for low acuity
2000 Aldrich Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-223-8898
www.care-clinics.com

PrairieCare – offers a variety of care levels based on your needs
Located throughout the Twin Cities
888-977-2474
www.prairie-care.com


We’re Here to help


Our wellness experts will be happy to take care of you. You can CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment now or call (612)223-8898.




Meet Clinicians


We’re united by our commitment to providing effective, relevant, and innovative mental health support at all stages of your journey. Click Here to find out more about who we are, where we come from, and how we live out CARE’s mission every day.





The professionals at CARE are actively collecting and creating resources to help with what you need. We’re Here for You.

Anxiety in Youth with T1D

Anxiety in Youth with T1D


Are you a parent of a youth with T1D? It can be difficult to manage symptoms of T1D without the added stress of mental health, however studies prove that it is 33-42% more likely that a youth with T1D will also have a mental health diagnosis. Specifically, 13-21.3% of this youth population are affected by anxiety (source)! These symptoms can be caused by stressors and underdeveloped coping strategies, which impact self-care and the ability to manage T1D.

What exactly is anxiety? According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety presents itself as excessive worry, apprehension, or dread that is difficult to control. Anxiety can also cause irritability and feelings of lost energy or fatigue throughout your day. There are physical symptoms and effects such as disturbances in your sleeping patterns, restlessness, feeling on-edge, or even having tension in your body that can result from anxiety.

Do these things seem familiar to you? The good news is that there are wonderful resources that you can reach out to for support!  Depending on the level of anxiety you have, there are a lot of great options for treatment. Outpatient Therapy can be a great resource to get some coping and stress management skills, healthy boundaries and relationship management, and self-compassion in overwhelming or self-critical situations.

Check out the services offered at these highly accessible locations:

CARE Counseling – focused on 1-hour weekly sessions for low acuity
2000 Aldrich Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-223-8898
www.care-clinics.com

Rogers Behavioral Health – focused on higher levels of care
6442 City West Parkway, Ste 200
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
844-599-8959
www.rogersbh.org

PrairieCare – offers a variety of care levels based on your needs
Located throughout the Twin Cities
888-977-2474
www.prairie-care.com


We’re Here to help


Our wellness experts will be happy to take care of you. You can CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment now or call (612)223-8898.




Meet Clinicians


We’re united by our commitment to providing effective, relevant, and innovative mental health support at all stages of your journey. Click Here to find out more about who we are, where we come from, and how we live out CARE’s mission every day.





The professionals at CARE are actively collecting and creating resources to help with what you need. We’re Here for You.