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Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2010 Apr;21(1):138-51, x-xi.

Psychological problems in adolescents with diabetes.

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Yale University School of Nursing, 100 Church Street South, PO Box 9740, New Haven, CT 06536, USA.


For youth with type 1 diabetes (T1DM), the transition into adolescence is often associated with poorer adherence to treatment, deteriorating metabolic control, and increased risk for psychological disorders. The current article summarizes recent findings on psychological problems for adolescents with diabetes, including depression, eating disorders, fear of hypoglycemia, and problems specific to adolescents with T2DM. The impact of family functioning on adolescent adjustment and the importance of parent-child collaboration on treatment management is emphasized. By using the strategies described in this article, primary care providers have the potential to support adolescents with diabetes, while screening for problems that may be better treated by other professionals.

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