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Re: [IP] kids with diabetes a psychiatric opinion

I can't tell you what it meant to me when I read this opinion on kids with
diabetes.  Although I am 43 years old and have been diabetic since age 8 I
believe adults need help as well.  I have been under good care but knew that
depression was associated with diabetes but did not know that self esteem
and self worth are effected as well.  I have always felt that way and
thought something horrible had happened to me to make me that way.  Now I
realize it is diabetes too.  Now I also realize that I should be in
counseling and probably on medication as well.  I am recently divorced from
a 22 year marriage and find myself struggling with my self esteem and self
worth even more.  Anyway, didn't mean to bore you with my life's problems
just wanted to thank all of you for taking the time to respond.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Bender (spot)" <email @ redacted>
To: "email @ redacted" <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2002 11:37 AM
Subject: [IP] kids with diabetes a psychiatric opinion

> >I was wondering how many have at one time or another gone for
> >counseling.  My 16 year old daugher just doesn't seem happy lately.
> >She takes really good care of herself, but doesn't like to talk
> >about her diabetes at all.  I just feel like she is carrying this
> >huge load on her shoulders and won't share it with me or her dad.
> >What do you think am I being a worry wart mother or is it a good
> >idea to go to counseling at some point.  She has had diabetes for 6
> >six years and I think she is getting sick of it.
> Do you have any indications that here control is adequate?  Like
> reecent A1C's?  If so, she's doing something right but may have other
> issues Dm or non-Dm related that some neutral thrid party could help
> with.
> In any case, DBO (diabetes burn out) hits most of use now and then.
> I am a believer in at least occasional counselling for kids with
> diabetes.  If you go this route try to get someone who specializes in
> dealing with people wiht chronic disorders.  (Many coucellors think
> Dm is just a matter of taking a pill once a day anf following a
> diet).  Dm is a bigger part of life to us than most single aspects of
> life are to any healthy person.
> My 2 cents
> I am a trained psychiatrist/psychoanalyst and have sought psychiatric
> attention on several occasions for depression which is a part of diabetes.
> type 1 and to a lessor extent type 2 diabetes is a life altering
> It affects everything we do and makes certain choices for us that we would
> not normally have selected if we didn't have diabetes. We are not in
> of our lives like our non diabetic counterparts. Always we have self worth
> issues.  There are a special number of problems with young girls which as
> man I cannot ever experience. I suggest ppsychotherapy and medication
> because it does work. Some kids are resiustant to it but they should be
> encouraged to talk out their fears and concerns with their psychiatrist.
> These problems do not go away with age, they just get pushed deeper into
> subconscious mind. Diabetes is an assault on ones self image. A female
> psychiatrist may be the best doc for a woman.   spot
> my $125/45 minute hr opinion
> A. L. Bender, M. D.
> email @ redacted
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