How To Convince Teen To Stay On Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet? in Coping with Celiac Disease Posted March 26, 2010 · Report to Admin I was diagnosed when I was 13 y/o (I'm now 35). It is hard to be "different" when you are a teen, but it really is what you make of it. Knowing that shizo was linked to celiac, it was one of the major reasons I stayed gluten-free that and the stomach aches. I hated it when I told people I couldn't eat something and they would say, oh I'm sorry or that sucks! I just told them don't feel sorry for me. It usually put a stop to the weirdness. If they say Oh I forgot you can't eat that, just say well as long as I remember it will be okay. Also people tend to understand allergy allot better...Don't get me wrong I'm a huge advocate for educating about Celiac but some times it is just easier to say I'm allergic. Ultimately he will do what he wants, you can't force a person. Just try to be a good example and don't cheat. Oops! I clicked add reply before typing! Thanks for the advice. We tend to use the term allergry, but that leads to the inevitable question of what happens when you eat it? That's where the awkwardness arises; his symptoms tend to be emotional. What teen wants to say that? And he doesn't even believe that he has an allergy, since we've only tested via dietary changes. I'm also not too sure he'd respond well to warnings about schizophrenia. I know I didn't react well as a teen to the suggestion that I should be concerned about ending up the same as my mom. Any other thoughts?