By christynina Latest Reply 2008-11-17 12:59:08 -0600
Started 2008-11-04 12:34:25 -0600

I have a 15 year old daughter that is dealing with symptoms of hypoglycemia. We were sent to some one to help us with the dietary aspects of the disease. The first thing she said was are you depressed. I am not certain how many people there are here with low blood sugar. But a common symptom is emotional highs and lows. My daughter's prevalent symptom is when she doesn't eat, she is depressed. She cries, or nothing is going right or whatever. She eats her snack, which is usually a protein and everything is okay. Yet they persist in making this a depression issue. In my opinion, other than the food thing she is a normal teenager. Does anyone out there deal with this stuff. And if so , how?

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christynina 2008-11-17 12:59:08 -0600 Report

I had a really bad low blood sugar episode at school last Friday and I was really embarrassed. I forgot to eat my "two hour" snack and didn't eat until lunch. I barely got into the cafeteria and just broke down and cried like the world was ending. People who know me well, know that this is one of my most prevalent symptoms. My brain reacts badly when I do not eat. A Teacher saw me and made me go to the Principals office. It took about 20 mins to calm down to where I could explain. Oh well! Next time they will know

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-11-04 13:41:41 -0600 Report

I would think that they would try to find out why she is having low blood sugars..But I know depression can affect your body in so many different ways..Maybe a second opinion would be good…Good luck…My son is type 1 diabetic and somtimes he has low blood sugars, and I know that there are times when he gets depressed..(but it is the fact that he has diabetes and has to deal with that for the rest of his life) I my self get depressed right along with him…Alot of health care workers want to blame everything on depression…I hope you find out what is going on…

christynina 2008-11-06 13:34:08 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply. We have actually tracked this and her mood swings and confusion are always easy to get control of with eating, which is how a hypoglycemic usually handles their problem. But until we better control, the first place that feels the lack of sugar is her brain and she doesn't think straight. Her healthcare provider has actually been very helpful, so far. We have been to the RN that does diabetes education for our health plan and have an appt. with the dietician in a week. The teachers can pretty well see the change already, though it is small. Christina still forgets to eat until the symptoms come on and causes further problems. She actually looked into type 1 a bit while she was trying to learn about hypoglycemia. The stuff she read said that quite often a diabetic who takes too much insulin or eats the wrong foods suffers low blood sugar attacks. She is also a fan of the Jonas Brothers and the youngest singing brother, who is about her age, has type 1. He does a program through Bayer Diabetes, called simple wins. She complained about her testing meter until I got her one from the website. Anyway, thanks for the reply. I hope all goes well with your son. I think she would probably like to send him a message when she gets a chance. Thanks!

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-06 16:09:56 -0600 Report

I don't want to upset you but sometimes depression does effect b.s. as you stated she forgets to eat, her crying,etc those sometimes are signes of depression, I have done the same thing and it was depression.It is no longer a sin to be diagnosed with depression but best to catch it esrly, as teenagers have a very high sueicide rate and sometimes it is very difficult to see it , I am talking from experience, My Mother and oldest Brother both have commited suecide and as a teen I attempted it, I'm not a Doctor but You seem so aganist the idea that she may be suffering from depression, best to look into it

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