Diabetes and Depression: 3 Things School Nurses Need To Remember

by SKHC Editor on July 29, 2013

Did you know depression affects 14% to 20% of adolescents with diabetes and is more common in girls?

In a school setting there are three things school nurses need to remember when it comes to diabetes and depression.

1. Depression and diabetes are common comorbidities. If you see signs of depression, remember to obtain the appropriate consent and approvals for students under the age of 18 before screening.
2. Depression can interfere with self-management skills and may make diabetes worse, so connect students to community resources to help them reduce the risk of complications.
3. Depression and risk-taking behaviors are common in adolescents with diabetes. Keep educational materials ready and available to help students in need.

Source: nas.sagepub.com

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