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From Kansas City, Missouri, USA:

I work with a 15 year old male, diagnosed at age 4mmonly encountered in relation to the disease, and what resources are available to assist a Mental Health professional with this type of client? Thanks.


By far the commonest mental health disorder that you are likely to encounter in a teen age diabetic boy is depression, a condition that is probably much underdiagnosed. Mood disorders and anxiety states can also be encountered. In looking at community resources that could help a first choice might be the medical social worker or the clinical psychologist who are part of the nearest children's diabetes care team. Equivalent personnel in a Children's Hospital would also have experience with the age group if not necessarily with the diabetes too. The prognosis for these problems is optimistic in the great majority of cases, which can be resolved without protracted treatment or chemotherapy. In a small number of cases you may have to have recourse to a psychiatrist and again it needs to be someone withse to a psychiatrist and again it needs to be someone with confidence and experience with the age group.


Original posting 3 May 97


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