Depression Since Being Diagnosed

By Latest Reply 2011-09-09 20:29:59 -0500
Started 2011-05-17 21:54:58 -0500

Ever since I was diagnosed at the age of 28 w/type 2, I've been really depressed. To the point of where I actually want 2 something to harm myself. Has this ever happened to any of you? Antidepressants don't really do anything.

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-09 17:22:48 -0500 Report

Hi Anna, I know this is an old post, but since I have depression and SAD, I thought I would drop you a note. You can go to a recent post of mine Diabetes and depression and read up on it. But the bottom line is that there are 4 drug classes for treating depression. In each class are different drugs. Even though the drugs are similar, they work differently. I was on my 2 class of drugs and my 5th or 6th drug before things clicked. What a difference! It took almost 18 months to hit the right one. Why? This is not science. It is, for the most part, guesswork. It can also take up to 6 weeks (usually 4) for the drug to get to levels in your body. It can also take 3-4 weeks for the old one to get completely out. The drug that worked for me? Effexor XR at 150mg. This drug did not work for my sister. The drug she is on was one I tried that didn't work for me. Try again, knowing that it will take time. Jim

DonHenault 2011-05-18 14:40:15 -0500 Report

I think we go though these bouts of dpression from time to time. The key is to find something that you can focus on and will make you happy. Just keep smiling even when you depressed I know it helps me.

RAYT721 2011-05-18 03:45:34 -0500 Report

I would believe that periods of depression affect everyone (diabetic or not) at some point in time; however, from what you are describing it sounds as though professional guidance could be quite helpful. Your community should offer counseling options for you and I would suggest speaking with your doctor and/or United Way Agencies in your community for information on how to let therapy, along with medication, have the chance to boost your spirits. Being depressed is not necessarily the result of diabetes although, let's face it, anyone with an illness of any kind is more at risk. Please don't wait. There are ways to help get your mind, body and soul working together to be an emotionally content person. Share with us what's on your mind but medication alone probably can't do much good without having some options on how to turn the frown upside down. Need a friend? Shoot me a friend invite!

melaniebecerra 2011-05-18 00:39:23 -0500 Report

Yes i do know how you feel, i thad those thoughts myself when i geot diagnosed at age 12…21 years ago and i did try with cutting my wrists but i guess couldnt go through with it. i then stopped caring about life didnt do my meds and was just totally out of control. In 2004 after 3 miscarriages i finally got pregnant again and had a baby girl, which made me do my bloodsugar and meds 98% to my best during my pregnancy…i had something to live for…but it didnt last long cuz after she was born and living with very abusive inlaws i started down that path again…the father of my child broke my daughters arm at age 3 months and went to prison after i had just married him 2 months earlier.
After 2 years of fighting cps i got her back, the reason it tooks so long i went into a coma…i lost daughter, my husband!
I found what i thought to be a very nice man and moved to vegas…I started shooting up meth and did this for 2 years…after 1 year of doing it my daughter once again was taking from me by cps ( this time my fault).
I started to do more drugs but after 8 months i realized that i loved that girl so i stopped cold turkey and packed up everything i had with all my willpower and went to a domestic violence shelter…what lil of my things i had left ( everything else i lost in storage) stayed with a freind and i got my things together again…my daughter was returned to me in august 2009 after being gone for another 2 and somethign years…i had to stop my codependancy on men and leave him since he wasnt willing to stop his drug abuse and violance tords me..anyways from 2009 on i got a little better with my diabetis but still only took my meds once every 3-4 days…recently it hit me ..i now have a 7 year old daughter wanting to play and i cant do it cuz my legs swell up so bad due to my kidneys being damaged…so after seeing my specialist i have decided enough is enough and i need to be here for her…it is not jus my life anymore…i cant reverse the damage but i can say…i been there done that and i aint going back to my selfdistructive life. Find somethign you love ad enjoy and when you get these thoughts just step back and look at the person or whatever it may be that you love…Diabetis is a hard and ugly disease and we are here to support you…just dont let it get you down. :)

jayabee52 2011-05-17 23:55:12 -0500 Report

Well Lisa,

I have had depression and thoughts of committing suicide ("ideation") decades before my Dx with diabetes ("DM"). And like you antidepressants were no help IMO. But since my Dx with DM I had more problems, especially suicide ideation. I planned it out, but I never made a gesture or an attempt.

I probably came closest to carrying out a plan late 2006 or early 2007. I had been divorced out of a 25 yr marriage starting June 2001 and finalized April 2002. I did have DM at the time. and was having a lot of problems dealing with the Divorce and making a good living all by myself. My ex had encouraged me to give up a job which brought in a lot of money for us. I believe she intended to cripple me financially so I couldn't fight for costody of our kids, and ownership of our house.

In Dec 2005 I had to go on disability because of 3 ministrokes interfered with my ability to walk correctly and balance properly. Without a walker, I looked as if I was drunk, when I wasn't. Then in Nov 2006 I had acute kidney failure. What they called End stage Renal Disease ("ESRD") and had to go on hemodialysis. It was at that time I was probably at my emotional lowest. I had thought that I would not come back to the dialysis clinic and let the poisons build up in my blood and allow the process to kill me. I felt there was no future for me, could see no good reason to continue living. No happiness or joy left for me EVER. I had already been in the state where I could have died by blood poisoning and I didn't think it was a bad way to die.

But I chose to continue with dialysis because I didn't want to give my 3 sons permission to kill themselves when difficult times would come for them.

That simple decision broke the back of the suicide Ideation, so that it has never come back again so far. Not even the passing from this life of my beloved bride "Jem" in July 2010 brought it back.

Things have not gone all that well since Jem's passing. But the ideation has not returned.

In my case my depression was not caused by DM, but was exacerbated by it.

Now I have my DM under better control, I have no problems with depression.

I pray it stays that way.

I pray that you find good control of your DM and defeat depression.


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