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

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

Lyn-Lake Psychotherapy and Wellness – focuses on outpatient services
621 W Lake St #350
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 979-2276

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