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
PrairieCare – offers a variety of care levels based on your needs
Located throughout the Twin Cities