Therapist familiar with diabetes challenges


(anonlurkermom) #1

hi

I am a mom of a 12 yr old girl diagnosed type 1 at age 8.  I think she could benefit from talking to a therapist who is familiar with the challenges and unpredictibility of diabetes.  I think she is sad and feeling bad too much of the time.

We live in the western suburbs of Chicago but can travel anywhere in the Chicagoland area.  Do you have a recommendation for me?  Have you found talking to a trained "listener" helps?  Any other suggestons for me?

Thanks.


(joe) #2

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I am a mom of a 12 yr old girl diagnosed type 1 at age 8.  I think she could benefit from talking to a therapist who is familiar with the challenges and unpredictibility of diabetes.  I think she is sad and feeling bad too much of the time.

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I like your profile name =)  yes I think it helps esp if she has become depressed.  Depression with diabetes happens quite a bit.  I don't know how you go about getting a T1 therapist but there must be some.  I use a network through my company insurance and the people there are very helpful.  You can also try counselors who specialize in grief, terminal illness, and maybe trauma.  good luck to you.  Also you can join the many online comunities that have a Type 3 forum, so you can get advice and many points of view!

http://dlife.com

http://tudiabetes.com

http://www.diabetes.org/home.jsp

and take a look at diabetes camps, and the JDRF local support, there HAS to be a local chapter near Chicago.

good luck


(Anonymous) #3

Just an idea: I know I perked up (although not depressed previous to) when I signed up and got the chance to talk with people that know what I am going through. Sometimes it's just nice to know that there are people that go through the same thing as you, you're not alone, and people can and do understand, after all. It's also a comforting feeling knowing you don't have to be strong all the time or sometimes put on a fake front when dealing with people that haven't a clue what you're going through (ie friends - not family :) ), and the people here not only will accept that, but also help build you back up. Maybe she could try Juvenation?


(JamesChambers) #4

Hello anonlurkermom ;o)

Here's the link to the Chicago chapter: JDRF

They will definately be able to hook you up with local resources, but if there's someone here from the area I hope they can give you more direct information.

Cheers,

 


(Sara_Was_Here) #5

Hi. I've been to a theraypist a few years ago, and it really helped.

I've been on Prozac for about a year and it really helps too.

Also, I try to take time out where I'm just with one parent and we are able to talk just one on one. It feels important that all of the emotions that we keep inside because of the shots, or the things that make us different get out to someone we know who will listen.

<3Sara