diabetes and depression

By chemistlover Latest Reply 2011-07-30 20:52:08 -0500
Started 2011-07-27 11:22:55 -0500

does diabetes ever have you feeling depress that you just ignore the fact that you have it and don't take care of yourself

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Ocean's Breeze
Ocean's Breeze 2011-07-30 20:52:08 -0500 Report

I had depression before diabetes. but diabetes sure hasn't helped. I have recently been paying more attention to my levels because I'm tried of feeling bad when my sugars are up. Exercise also helps me but it can be difficult to keep it up. That's part of my depression. I even try to break my goals into "small steps" but even that can be difficult to continue. two steps forward/1 step back.

RED RACER 2011-07-30 15:34:38 -0500 Report

I wish I could say that my kids help me, but the only ones that help r my 2 oldest the youngest contributes 2 most of my stress which as we know helps raise my BG. I've had 2 low ones though recently cause I've taken too much insulin a couple of times.

Rhays 2011-07-29 09:45:11 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic now for 24 years. I get depressed a lot and it has put me in the hospital a lot. I have been put on different med's, but now I am not on anything. I just take one day at a time and I have done better I still have been in the hospital just not as much. My daughter is a good help she is only 9 but she understands a lot about my health. We talk about what is going on with my health, she goes to my doctor appt. with me. You may want to focus on someone or something that means the most to you that makes and keeps you happy and motivated with a positive outlook. I hope I have helped, if you would like to just talk I am here, even if it is not about diabetes, just anything. Hope you have a great day.

MarkieMarkie 2011-07-29 09:33:24 -0500 Report

What I get depressed about is I can't do some of the things I used to do or either I can do them, but not as effectively… nor as long. I suffer from nueropathy so my legs give me fits sometimes… last night for example, they burned, hurt and jumped… I took some medication and finally was able to go to sleep. I guess I get depressed over this kind of stuff, but I dont know if I recognize this as going hand in hand with diabetes. I think if I had any other kind of illness and dealing with those symptoms, I would be down about that as well (at certain times). I try to do a lot of things that keep my mind off of my problems, but I suppose I'm lucky too… my 2 grandchildren keep my extremely busy and I don't always have time to ponder on myself and what my situation is… I keep going I think primarily because of them.

If you are feeling depressed, please take the time to speak with your doctor about it… there are medications that can help and maybe a support group. I wish you the best.

2catty 2011-07-29 18:53:15 -0500 Report

You know if your legs was hurting and jumping you might want to talk to your dr. about restless leg syndrome. I have severe nueropathy but I also have RLS. The med requip is such a releif to me at night. My non diabetic husband also has RLS and if he did not take his meds I would get a separate bed. LOL But seriously.

cindygal1 2011-07-29 00:29:51 -0500 Report

My husband have maybe one or two eggs a week, and no more than. we have switched to a multi Grain Cheerios and have fruit with it. But we try to switch it around so that we are not eating the same thing all of the time.

angeebe 2011-07-28 17:01:16 -0500 Report

i've been a diabetic since the age of 19 i'm 35 now and for years i listened to doctors telling me what could go wrong especially when i had my three sons. one thing that was said was the babies would be large (11lbs 8ozs, 9 lbs., and 9lbs. 10 ozs.) through all that i was on 5 shots a day including lantus and i still wouldn't try to get better. then one day my children came to me and asked me if i wanted to die. my reply was of course not, so they told me to take better care off myself(stop smoking (which i did 2 1/2 yrs ago) eat better, and just try to be more positive. i love my boys and thats why i won't let this get me down anymore. i am a woman with diabetes, i have it , it doesn't have me

2catty 2011-07-29 18:55:14 -0500 Report

I here ya I had 3 kids myself and diabetic since 16. 11lb. baby 10 1oz baby and 9lb. 1oz baby.

Dee 1103
Dee 1103 2011-07-28 16:30:44 -0500 Report

my Doctor tell me that diabetes cause depression, I believe it to a degree. other stuff I have going on with my body causes depression also so what I'm I to do

nanaellen 2011-07-28 13:01:27 -0500 Report

Personally I don't think the diabetes CAUSES depression, I think you get depressed BECAUSE you have diabetes! It's very frustrating to see high #'s and can't figure out what to do next! NOT taking care of diabetes is definitely NOT the answer and I am living proof!! When First DX 6 years ago I was on 3 shots of insulin a day and 1 shot of lantus (time-released insulin) at night. Worked really hard to get my #'s down and was able to get off the 3 shots a day! Well, then I got busy with everyday life and ignored my diabetes. last Nov. I had to have my gall bladder removed and have had pancreatitus 5 times (hospitalized for a week each time) and I'm BACK to 5 or 6 shots a day and 1 at night!! Things have not been good since. Back to trying hard but nothing seems to be working!! With all that said I'm back to being depressed! Can't work like this and have been out of work since Nov. That by itself is enough to be depressed about! Still smilin' though! LOL Ellen :)

nursepat1 2011-07-28 11:05:53 -0500 Report

You bet your bippy! I am generally against taking new meds but even prozac didn't completely lift the fog. I am now taking wellbutrin and thyroid supplement and now have the energy to do more than just go to work and sleep. I do hope that in the future after I've lost weight and gotten my sugars in tighter control I can ditch the antidepressants, but there is a history of depression in my family. I'll just trust in Jesus to guide me down the right path.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-28 10:34:10 -0500 Report

Yes! I've been having that problem for the past year. I haven't talked it over with my doctor yet because I know that he'd just prescribe another pill and I'm already on 10 different meds! I'm hoping that I can ride it out again and not have to resort to meds like I did in 2001. I took Celexa for 7 months and it worked miracles for me. When I weaned myself off of it I was back to my old self. If you could see my house you would know that someone with a problem lives here because it looks like an explosion in the outhouse!! ;o)

nursepat1 2011-07-28 11:07:55 -0500 Report

Please talk to your dr. I hate taking meds too, but it is better than sitting around in a blue funk for half your life.

ladymagnolia1963 2011-07-27 22:22:09 -0500 Report

Yes! especially when I was first diagnosed in 2001. I think for the first yr I stayed in denial. That was after the depression & anger I felt of being told I was a diabetic. I was of the mind that "No one or thing" would tell me what I could or could not eat.
When I finally stopped running from it-I stopped. looked straight at the diabetes and decided to learn how to become a healthier person. it's de-finitely not a cake walk. "No pun intended."

coffeecoffeecoffee 2011-07-27 16:18:36 -0500 Report

yep sometimes. and then i step outside of my life - read a book, do something ELSE. i have to pick my battles carefully - as others comment - there is enough crap in life to deal with and the depression waaaaay predates the diabetes. it is cold comfort to hear that there is very strong linkage (in the diabetes articles) between depression and diabetes.

AuntieM234 2011-07-27 15:52:28 -0500 Report

I, as some have said below, suffered from depression long before my Diabetes was diagnosed. Yes, I still get depressed sometimes, but I can't blame it on the Diabetes. ;-) Mara

grandmaducky 2011-07-27 15:14:29 -0500 Report

no i get depressed just like everyone else not just cause i am diabetic i still try to do the best i can and the better in control my diabetes is the better i feel but it still get over welling sometime but since i am in my fiftys now i figure thats just life hang in there it get better or at least your mood will change and u will see things differently

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-27 14:30:10 -0500 Report

that was never a problem for me. I have suffered from depression LOOOOOOONG before acquiring the big D. But the answer is yes. At times it just bums me out.

MadManBro 2011-07-27 14:54:34 -0500 Report

I'm with Jim as a longtme sufferer of chronic depression. Being diagnosed with diabetes has had no effect on my depression, and I definitely want to continue make strong strides in managing the diabetes as a separate and more tangible condition. So, yes I am still suffering from depression but no, not in any way, shape or form due to my being diabetic. I have enough other crap to trigger that insidious illness.

JoleneAL 2011-07-27 12:26:20 -0500 Report

I kinda did that for a year. I took the prescribed medication, but had stopped working out and testing. I indulged at times food wise, but didn't over do it. Then one day it jumped up and kicked me in the back-side and woke me up. The doctor added another insulin to the mix and I'm working on getting back in control.

excard1970 2011-07-29 18:34:09 -0500 Report

I was disappointed about 9 months ago when my insurance carrier rejected an insulin pump. I took my insulin and januvia but really was lax about my diet. I finally had to go to the MD to get precription refills. The blood teest results were very bad and now I am getting back on my diet. I forgot how hard this disease is.

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