Curious about those who have experienced depression with their teenagers? I have read that it is common with teens without chronic illness to feel down and sad at times. Is depression more significant with our children? My daughter is 14 and has scoliosis and diabetes, so she wears a brace and a pump. Last night she was in tears about being different. She said she didn't want to feel like a weirdo and had tears in her eyes. She is even reserved in her sadness, her eyes watered and I had to pull it out of her what was bothering her. IT broke my heart to see her struggling with her appearance. She is beautiful to me and her inner beauty is amazing. She rarely complains and has been very responsible with her diabetes. I often wonder if pulling inward is worse than letting it all out. Maybe it would be better to have a full blown crying session...get all that pent up frustration out. Can you relate to this? Please do share. What do you do to help? I understand therapy, but I don't think we are at that level yet. I have taken her shopping to hide her brace, but sometimes she just wants to be normal...what does that even mean anymore? We all have crosses to bare.