Mood swings & depression

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-05-04 13:25:04 -0500
Started 2011-03-26 19:38:49 -0500

Hi guys. I was just recently told I have diabetes. With job stress and being in a city I can't stand, I have fallen into depression and I have mood swings. Is this apart of being diabetic? Do you have mood swings and how do you control it? Lastly, how do you control your depression and mood swings (medicine or other methods)?

9 replies

Raybie 2011-05-04 13:25:04 -0500 Report

I'm diagnosed with Major Depression, Diabetes and a whole list of other conditions which also can be depressing. I'm taking Zoloft and Wellbutrin for depression and that really helps me stay at a steady level. I also use the internet to keep in contact with my friends and just for fun. For me what helps most, other than medicines, is keeping busy and being responsible. As I do things my mood and self worth stays up.

What was the hardest thing about Diabetes for me to accept was the sentence, "For the rest of your life.". I first heard that 10 years ago and that sent me into denial for the next 2 yrs. Then I started to hear my Dr say it for other conditions I deal with. I plan on living another 15 yrs or more and that is a long time to keep taking 15 medicines and Insulin shots. To this day I sometimes look at my medicine and sink into a bad depressed state. But it is getting easier. I just have to accept it.

You'll do alright. This seems like a good support system.


northerngal 2011-03-27 09:29:03 -0500 Report

Most of the replies are right on. Control of bs makes a big difference, as does getting enough sun/vitamin c. I take calcium with D which helps absorb. I'm in Wisconsin where we don't see much sun for several months because its so low in the sky or too cold to be out. For women, don't ignore premenstual moodiness which can be exacerbated by fluctuations in bs at that time. Thats been my experience and I can't wait for menopause to finally end that roller coaster. I'd also avoid meds because most increase bs readings, some extremely which would only cause more problems. Good luck and sunny days to you.

dietcherry 2011-03-27 09:06:37 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC! Yes, mood swings can definitely come with diabetes and some of us suffer worse than others with it. The closer you stay within your target BS range, the better you should feel. Going too low or too high or dramatic swinging between the two is directly related to moodiness.
As for the depression, which is common, too, staying in tight control can help with that, as well. I find talking to people who can relate, such as the members here, helps me. Stay far away from people that are critical, and not supportive! Good luck and Lots of Love to you!

pixsidust 2011-03-27 07:50:28 -0500 Report

I am learning that many hospitals have support group meetings for Diabetics at least once a month for free. You learn something and connect with other people. I think reaching outside myself is the best thing I do to change my mood and spirit. Find something good by being a blessing to someone else. Find a good church, and try around till you find a home. You may find feeding your soul, can do a lot of good. Drugs should be your last resort. Find something good about where you live. Is there a great bookstore with good coffee and soft music? Any spa schools where you can get a facial and body massage for half price? Do you need vitamin D which helps and we do not get enough in the winter. The best source is sunlight. I take a 50,000 mg pill once a week or my friend takes 400 mg daily. Sure I feel the mood swings too but do not lean into them letting them control you. Recognize it and take steps to right your balance

eristar 2011-03-27 06:42:31 -0500 Report

I feel for you. I suffer from depression, which runs in my family, as well as having been diagnosed with diabetes less than a year ago. I have been on medication for the depression for awhile now, and it has helped a lot. I still have the odd day when I feel down and want to cry about every little thing, but these days I can usually get myself out of it fairly quickly. Your job stress and living in a place that makes you unhappy are not helping you much right now; I hope you will be able to change that part of your life one of these days. In the meanwhile, try to focus on the little things that make you happy (I know, easier said than done!) even if it's just having your glucose numbers right on target for the day. And we are here for you - and will probably give your more advice and ideas than you could ever want! :) Keep us up to date!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-27 04:46:39 -0500 Report

Learning you have Diabetes can be the stress facter that is like the straw that breaks the camel's back when added to other stesses. For me, as I learned more about Diabetes and how to take some control over it the stress has eased along with the down feeeling days. Mood swings have also eased up as I have gained a sense of control. Knowing what foods are not going to cause BG problems has helped. At first not knowing what to eat to control the BG ups and downs was overwhelming. Often I felt like a failure after doing such a formerly simple activity as eating. As the BG meter tests show better levels my confidence is growing.
Walking can help clear my mind. Finding something creative to do also helps. I enjoy making beaded jewlery, plying around with a camera, or knitting.Sometimes learning something new can help. It distracted me from what was causing me stress by getting lost in history when I researched where my ancestors came from. I spent time trying to learn Danish since that is where some of my Great Grandparents came from. I coudn't change where I was living or my job, but I could find other things to spend my time thinking about.
It is hard to get out of the terrible pit of depression. Talking with others can help. Have you discussed this with your Dr. When I was there, my Dr. was my lifeline. Some people need medications, some don't. Your Dr. can offer advice. You can research the pros and cons of what is suggested.

Harlen 2011-03-26 20:36:41 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I thing we all get that way when we are not happy .
Do something nice just for you thats not food lol
For me I keep my #s good and when I get down I do some thing nice for me and it may just be 10 min in the park on a walk just to let my hair down .
Is there any thing you can do to get out of the citty ???
Best wishes

depressedteacher 2011-03-26 21:10:16 -0500 Report

In this economy and jobs are hard to come by, it is hard to move. We have weighed every option, but we are stuck until the country recovers.

Harlen 2011-03-27 08:44:13 -0500 Report

I know it is hard .
Do some thing nice for your self ,it always makes me feel better
Best wishes