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Mental Health

My 13 year old daughter is manipulating her insulin to lose weight. She has been in DKA several times. How can I get her to be more compliant?

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My son was diagnosed in October 2004. He is moody, angry, and sad. In recent years, we have moved from the U.S. to Italy, my father died, and my son was diagnosed. Is this an adjustment period? How can we help him?

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My son has said that he’s feeling depressed about two days a week. He is frustrated with some aspects of diabetes. I plan to take him to the endocrine counselor in three months. What can we do in the meantime?

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My daughter feels that having diabetes is unfair and that she should be able to eat whatever she wants. But, she does not take insulin for all the food she eats. What should I do? Is depression normal for children with diabetes?

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Most antidepressants seem to cause low blood sugars. Is there a safer medication or treatment for those with type 1 who are suffering from mild depression and anxiety?

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My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 last February. She witnessed a seizure at camp and panics every time her blood sugar is under 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L], fearing a seizure. Do you have any advice?

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My son is concerned about his lack of height, which has always been in the 5th percentile. If his diabetes has stunted his growth, is there any way to help him grow?

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My son has had severe mood swings for two years. Are these related to diabetes, with which he was just diagnosed?

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Is there any known correlation between the autoimmune diseases and levels of lithium naturally found in the body? Since her diagnosis with type 1 two years ago, my seven year old has had thoughts of suicide and mood swings. It has been suggested that I have her lithium levels tested.

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How can I assist a four-year-old in understanding he is just like other children even if he has type 1 diabetes?

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