By Jlynn Latest Reply 2009-11-22 06:12:45 -0600
Started 2008-11-13 02:43:23 -0600

…Hi everyone, I have been wanting to ask for the longest time,shamefully I have kept it to myself.(Denial of craziness)

But I have decided to ask my friends on here in hopes someone can relate or offer advice.
So Here you are…
…What effects to you feel your diabetes has had on your mental state? Any? a little ? or too much to notice?
…There are times when I cant do the simplest daily activities,forget the things that I was just told,or forget things that I had known for years and years.. And thats not the worst of it …I get so terrible confused at times that I could just breakdown..on the spot…especially in public..I nearly feel like I need to move to another area code…due to the fact that I must appear Crazy to most everyone I come into contact with;mumbling speech,
sometimes even appearing drunk!!
I use to laugh at myself when I would have A "momment" of "?"
But now..I just have a hard time laughing at my mental state.
My sugars are still all over..but they are going lower,its just that they were so very high for so long…getting back to a "normal" mental place is looking …blurry right now../.

78 replies

julu1979 2009-11-22 06:12:45 -0600 Report

I mostly get confused with low blood sugars, and by ther time you drop down that low, you're so confused that it's almost too late to do something about it!
On top of that, everyone with diabetes, particularly type I's and those Type II's who taske shots, get depressed and down about their condition periodically, or not-so-periodically. I am trying to find Type I friends, but all these diabetes communities and boards, much like the research into a "cure", are targeted mainly towards Type II's. So I just stick it out alone, get thru my depressed stages, and live to see the next day, yknow? =]
I'm here to talk if you need it!

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Susie624 2009-11-20 12:46:19 -0600 Report

It seems we all have the same problems with our brain fuctions one way or another ,I also thought I was losing my mind ,now i realize that most of my feelings are caused by the illness. So cheer up and smile,tomorrow is another day.

imsuzie2 2009-11-20 06:22:56 -0600 Report


This is a great discussion. I hadn't really thought about it, but the current job I have is VERY stressful. That aside, I remember the 6 weeks of training, and how hard it was for me to remember things. Even now, 5 1/2 yrs later, I still have trouble remembering work related things (much more than every day life). Never thought it was diabetes related, as I was diagnosed around the time I was in training for the new job. Hmmmm

The job got so bad that last year I started to take Lorazepam the nite before I go to work (3 days a week). When I don't work, I don''t need the meds. But, in this economy, and needing medical coverage, I make do.


Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-11-20 05:12:54 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder a few years after my diabetes diagnosis. The anxiety was heightened by my diabetes, but, in my case, this has been a lifelong condition, I now realize.

I'd resisted any medication for it for years - I HATE taking meds, thought I should be strong enough to be able to get over it on my own. But my therapist said anxiety was often chemical - not enough seratonin (or something) in the brain - and that medication could help. So I went on Lexapro - the minimum dose.

Didn't notice any change until a couple months later when I was at work downtown and the snow started falling. I was halfway home when I suddenly realized that my hands weren't in a death grip on the steering wheel, my heart wasn't beating a thousand beats a minute, and I wasn't scared to death. The panic I have always felt when driving in bad weather wasn't there. (For some reason, driving brought out the worst - it once took me three hours to cross a bridge over the Missouri River - I kept having to pull off because I was afraid to cross.)

Long story short - the Lexapro helps. So did a book called "The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook." Helped me understand what was happening and how to manage it.

And I heard this quote the other day that I'm trying to keep in mind: "Worry is a misuse of the imagination."

Kresge 2009-11-20 09:04:25 -0600 Report

I like this! I think I've probably got some innate, genetic anxiety issues too. I'm the only diabetic in my family but my mom and 2 of my sisters have also had anxiety problems/ panic attacks at different times in their lives. I definitely think the diabetes heightens the problem, but the problem would likely be there regardless of other health conditions.

I too hate taking meds if I don't HAVE to, but I often have the debate in my mind as to which is worse… being on anxiety/ depression medication or not being on anxiety/depression medication? And I try to consider the effects of this decision on the rest of my family as well… my husband and son… and the rest of my immediate family who are also too proud to succumb to medication for mental health issues.

Tell me this… I've heard a few people on here mention Lexapro. What has been your experience w/ it? Any side effects? Do you feel at all dulled, like you've become a bit of a zombie? Are you able to still feel as happy as you used to, or are you stuck on a flat line? These are all questions from a paranoid person who needs to be medicated. =)

Thanks for your input!

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-20 12:20:06 -0600 Report

Hi Pam, I too suffer from anxiety attacts, and have for years. Like you however, it was heightened by my diabetes. I tried the Lexapro, but it didn't work for me. My grandson suffers from the same problem, and he is on Lexapro and it works fine for him. We are not strong enough to get over something that we have no control over, something that is a physical problem. I have tried, and it just doesn't work. I like that saying, "Worry is a misuse of the imagination." It fits me because I worry all the time.

Sue T.

Elrond 2009-11-20 03:34:28 -0600 Report

I'm glad to find that I'm not the only one. For years, my memory has been slipping; I'll put something down and 5 minutes later, there's no way I can find it. I go to the store and my roommate asks me to bring something that's not on my list. 9 times out of 10, I'll forget it. If my sugar is below 100, this is much, much worse. My little notebook is my best friend; if I don't write something down, I'm sure to forget it. And I'm only 58! If I manage to live into true old age, what will my memory be like?

Kresge 2009-11-20 01:48:36 -0600 Report

I appreciate everyone sharing their stories! My husband and I adopted our 1st child a year ago and with all of the life changes a newborn brings, my A1C was higher last spring than it's been in a decade. This freaked me out so I tried harder to devote more attention to my diabetes and blood sugar control.
Over the summer I began having severe low blood sugars (low to mid 30's), which were accompanied by symptoms I'd never experienced before in my 19 years w/ diabetes. (e.g. total confusion, visual distortion, and fearful thoughts of death— along w/ all the other "normal" low bs symptoms). The 1st time it happened was at 1am on a night when my husband was working out of town. I woke up from a deep sleep very confused and certain that I was dying on on my way to hell. I don't know what I had been dreaming about, but I've never in my life questioned the existence of God until that moment. In my mind, I was dying and there was no God. It was awful. It happened two more times over the summer before I realized that what I was experiencing was likely a panic attack. I'd never had one before this summer.
Being able to give these strange occurrences a name has been helpful to me. Realizing that my over-zealous efforts to "control" my blood sugars were actually doing more harm than good was also helpful. But the most helpful thing for me has been recognizing the powerful effect that my thoughts play on my physical well-being. Although my mental outlook is still a work-in-progress, I'm much more tuned-in my thought patterns and level of anxiety during the day. This means I'm able to catch myself when I'm getting mentally worked up over negative/ fearful thoughts and I can consciously relax my body and point my mind in a more positive direction.
Can I suggest a book? "Minding the Body, Mending the Mind" has been a very helpful guide for me over the last few months. Not that everything can be fixed with positive thinking, but positive thinking can sure prevent a bad situation from getting worse. The mind can magnify anything— good or bad.
Anybody else have input on anxiety or panic attacks and low blood sugars? I'm interested in other people's experiences on this subject. Thanks!… and sorry for the long reply.

rankearl 2009-11-19 18:51:35 -0600 Report

sam i have chronic pain when my pain stresses me i have no control over itmy blood sugar goes up and upgetting the blood sugar done is harded enough all the other stuff that goes with is awful tooo im glad things are getting better take care hugs julie

jayabee52 2009-11-19 18:33:20 -0600 Report

Howdy Jlynn [and everyone following this discussion]

I know the feeling. and it is NOT just type 1 people who get this. I

have been type 2 for more years than I want to remember. I think I was diagnosed in 1986, but probably had been diabetic for longer than that. I had felt pretty crazy, racing thoughts, wanting to hurt myself, really irratible, moody, depressed, [I think those things had a large part to play in my ex wanting to divorce me] Some of that time, before being DX with T2 I didn't test my BG. But even after that I didn't correlate the way I was feeling emotionally with my BG #s. And my #s were all over the map. I was taking oral diabetes Rx at that time.

Since being on insulin, my BGs are under better control, and emotionally I feel pretty stable. Most of the time I feel like I have pretty normal [for me - I have ADHD] cognative functions, but then . . . there are times I feel DUMBER than a BOX OF ROCKS. I just need to not try to do anything which requires heavy concentration. I haven't checked my BGs when that happens. Never thought to. Maybe I should.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2009-11-19 12:40:49 -0600 Report

Jlynn I know the feeling well you are sharing just check my discussions yesterday . I'm mixed up with ADHD plus diabetes ,plus an aweful loneliness being stuck here in this house ,due to a hundred lb weight gain ,I no longer could fit behind the steering wheel ,this happened only after I started the meds for diabetes and heart probs. So you can understand I was 73 inches at my waist and 6foot 1 inch tall wow yes drove me crazy . Sugar yesterday was 524 up there my mind is in the twilight zone . If I lose control it takes me a few days to a week to get back right . For many of these 6 years we would run out of money water flour and grease is not good for health or diabetes ,but had to eat ,things are a little better as long as I do not go off . Just wanted you to know your not alone in this .

rankearl 2009-11-19 10:43:23 -0600 Report

hi i just read this adn said wow here is a song dont laugh at me dont call me names someday we all have prefect wings yes thinking is rfeally hard when your blood sugar is high or low i have passed out and had seizures when my blood sugar goes low many many times i think that has affected me and the older age thing too i call them brainless moments hope this helps hugs julie

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-19 11:25:38 -0600 Report

Thanks Julie,

It is a sad reality of life. But, it looks like we all have these horrible moments. I just wish I could make my children understand how serious this disease is, and make them realize the things that we have to deal with that we didn't before. They just don't get it. Very frustrating. I have passed out a couple of times, but I have never suffered any seizures, non that I know of anyway. However, I was alone at those times, and my husband just happened to come in and find me. Sue T.

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2009-11-19 12:46:12 -0600 Report

Rankearl I had a friend that had a alternative md tell him green beans help keep blood sugar up he eats 1 serving everyday and it's worked for him it may for you too I hope you the best.

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-10 13:03:10 -0500 Report

Hi Jlynn. I too have problems with my ways of thinking at times. Of course, since I am 62 yrs. old, I just chalked it up to old age. lol. No, seriously, since I was just diagnosed at the age of 61, I have experienced a lot of things that I don't like. I have some terrible thoughts pop into my head that I just can't seem to control. I have told my doctors about it, but they don't seem to think that it has to do with the diabetes, however, I do think that the diabetes contributes to it. And, I get depressed very easily. My husband and I are out of town this week-end on a business trip, and this morning I went out of my room to go across the hall to get coffee; I got so confused that I couldn't remember what room I was in; I was just about ready to sit down in the middle of the hall and start crying. Finally I just went to the desk clerk and told the gentleman there that I didn't pay attention to which room I was staying in, gave him my name, and he got me back to where I was supposed to be. We laughed about it, but it really isn't funny.

vgarrison 2009-10-10 21:27:55 -0500 Report

I'm curious as to whether or not your blood sugar levels were elevated or not. I have been getting really confused lately and I realised my levels were way up there…Just wondering…

Blessed Be

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-10-11 09:42:13 -0500 Report

Hi vgarrison, no, my blood sugar was not elevated at the time, however, it went up later. lol. I am finding myself getting more and more confused lately, but I think a lot of it is because this is something new to me, and all the worry, and fear has just taken over, and I just don't function as well as I did before. I think that I am so consummed by the fears, that my mind in mostly on the illness, worring about all the things that could happen. I do know, as we all do, that the way our minds work is completely different when our levels are out of control, that is only normal. I was Hypoglycemic for years before I became diabetic, and there were times when I thought that I was going crazy. Then after we found out what the problem was, I knew that I wasn't crazy; it was all due to the drop in my blood sugar levels. It was scary until I found out what the problem was.

vgarrison 2009-10-14 18:30:33 -0500 Report

It's amazing how fear can really take a toll on us isn't it? I know that when I have fear it will consume me until I do a bunch of research and/or talk to various people to work it out in my head. I am a very annilitical person and I will analyze anything and everything to death…even death…lol.

Trying to work it out can help, don't let it consume your day…harder said than done…

Blessed Be

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-11-19 10:31:07 -0600 Report

Hi vgarrison,

I just now ran accross your post. You sound just like me. I start thinking about things, and worrying, then the fear factor takes over, and I just let it imobilize me. It's awful!!! I too will analyze things to death,even death!!!!! I will do it until it makes me physically ill. Then the depression sets in. And I just want to sit down and cry. I tend to loose interest in everything. I wish I had some answers. This site has really helped me to realize that I am not alone, and I am not the only one who seems to have these thougts and feels. That in itself a blessing. Thanks everyone. Sue T.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-05-13 20:43:49 -0500 Report

WOW! I thought of my issues were because I am middle age, headed for the change and this crappy enonomy!

Actually I remember my husband saying that I was a horrible pregnant woman - (gestational)

cakeybakes 2009-05-13 17:24:19 -0500 Report

I have a difficult time when my numbers are all over the place, too. I forget things all the time and get moody when my numbers are out of whack. You just have to try and keep them in control. I have found that excercise has been helping quite a bit.

My father really did "lose it" because he refused to control his diabetes. He ended up having a bit of a breakdown and broke ties with the whole family for many years. After 32 years of marriage my mom was a little freaked! So, yes, it can really effect your mental state.

Make sure you discuss this with your doc. I do every time I see mine and have been on medication for many years to help. As long as I take care of myself I hardly ever have problems. Don't ever think you are alone in this. Diabetes is a HUGE drag sometimes!

Good luck!

John206 2009-05-13 20:46:28 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with depression in 1995 and probably had it for some time prior to that. It got really bad after the death of my father, and I still take SSRI drugs daily. If I back off the SSRIs, I get very irritable and downright mean-spirited. I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2001. It seems to me that both are somehow related to brain chemistry. Things just got out of whack somehow. I seem to be getting a little more forgetful lately and having a harder time focusing. I thought my doc might give ADD meds, but he just increased my SSRI.

Presto - 45957
Presto - 45957 2009-05-13 14:27:30 -0500 Report

Wow, what a relief. I may not be an idiot after all! I recently took and failed the bar exam by one point. I have literally never prepared that hard for anything in my life. While preparing, I would have dead zones in my studies - times where I would read the same things for days and not get it. Regardless of diet, drugs and exercise my levels stayed in the 200-300's daily. I still have to take the exam again, and I want my doctor to do something about my mind. She thinks I am trying to cheat the system, like a steroid athlete. I just want to be normal. Any advice on getting checked out and helped?

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 21:57:00 -0500 Report

I found a great resolution, though it's hard to do; find a diabetic therapist. They are much more likely to listen to your mental state.

Other than that, they can help you to deal with the stress you are experiencing (I had similar problems when defending my Ph. D.), and that will improve your blood sugars. If you get the stress/sugar/stress cycle under control, the issues may clear themselves.

2008-11-24 07:32:00 -0600 Report

My husband; who probably is the most even tempered; soft spoken and loving person I have ever known. He has never had mental issues, and living with me that is nearly impossible because I Do, but within 2-3 weeks of when he was diagnosed and his bs was so high, he started having severe mood swings, I did research and contacted some doctors, and the said that this was definitely all part of diabetes, and most of the things you are relating to are just extensions of it as well; partially, I imagine due to PSTD, and also due to the difficulties complicated by the mood swings. Hope this helps :->)Claudia

tiffinei 2008-11-24 09:30:53 -0600 Report

I too have some mental illnesses that they tell me are related to my diabetes. I get irritated real easily and fustrated. I went to a therapist and she diagnosed me with panic disorder with anxiety and told me that it has almost everything to do with my diabetes. I didnt know that my diabetes could effect my mental state. I control it with meditation and sometimes excersize if I get really upset but I do notice the mood swings and depression whenever stuff it hard.

Presto - 45957
Presto - 45957 2009-05-13 14:26:05 -0500 Report

Wow, what a relief. I may not be an idiot after all! I recently took and failed the bar exam by one point. I have literally never prepared that hard for anything in my life. While preparing, I would have dead zones in my studies - times where I would read the same things for days and not get it. Regardless of diet, drugs and exercise my levels stayed in the 200-300's daily. I still have to take the exam again, and I want my doctor to do something about my mind. She thinks I am trying to cheat the system, like a steroid athlete. I just want to be normal. Any advice on getting checked out and helped?

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-22 17:23:06 -0600 Report

Wow. This is an interesting discussion. I've had Type 2 for many years and have in the past had bouts of depression. They were, however, always in conjuction with things taking place in my life, so I didn't attribute any of it to the diabetes. Altho I detest taking meds, and especially anything for anxiety or depression, I never would allow the doctor to give me anything. About 7-8 yrs. ago I did ask my doctor to prescribe something. He gave me a low dosage of Lexapro which has done wonders for me. I now take one only every other day, since the family issues that were going on have pretty much gone. I do know that stress always elevated my BS readings, and the high readings, of course, probably made the depression more noticeable. I'm thankful to have it under control. I feel for those of you have had such extreme problems of this type and pray you're able to get some help with it.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-22 17:26:00 -0600 Report

I failed to mention that I also began sleeping much better once I began the Lexapro. Prior to that I really struggled with insomnia at times. Lexapro, by the way, is really for anxiety more than depression, as I understand it.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-11-15 10:23:47 -0600 Report

I've never had a great memory, but I've always attributed that to just the person I am… not my diabetes. I've had the disease too long to know how I would have been otherwise. I do know that I'm probably a more anxious, worried person that I would have probably been. I have heard diabetics have a higher rate of depression, anxiety disorders, etc. I think it must have something to do with the lifestyle it creates. You have to be a lot more aware of yourself and your surroundings, plan a lot better ahead for any different day activities… It makes sense to me.

All in all, I think everyone's a little bit insane — to be otherwise would be… sanity.

SkipT 2008-11-15 07:10:58 -0600 Report

My problem seems to occur when I am going low. My wife says that I start to act a little strange, and if I check I find that I am running a little low. This seems to occur during the day if I don't eat enough or go too long between meals.

Marie Clark
Marie Clark 2008-11-14 23:17:27 -0600 Report

Hi,I also am loosing my mind. but even worse other folks do not always know whats wrong with me or even who I really am. I have what I call panic attacks. I can always tell when its going to happen. I get Hot like my blood is hot. My speech is loud but I can't hear it,my voice tone is harsh and can't soften it. I work in a small call center and I can't always control myself. Folks I have worked with for years avoid me now. ai am a nice person and I try to do nice things. But my life is killing me. I am so sad…thanks for listening

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-11-15 00:25:30 -0600 Report

Have you told your friends that you are a victim of Anxiety Attacks? They may even be willing to help you during these attacks. Sometimes, letting them in stops them from shutting you out…

If you would like someone to talk to your more than welcome to give me a jingle.
Your Friend, Leigh

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-11-14 15:07:28 -0600 Report

You are not alone! When your blood sugar is high you can be extremely confused and disorientated.
I have noticed that my blood sugars were affecting my mental state even prior to being diagnosed with diabetis. Stay on top of your blood sugars and this should lessen in severity and lapses between attacks.
I wish the best for you. I know that this is an on going issue for me also. It is an embarrassing and dangerous side effect of diabetis.
Your in my prayers, Leigh

Jlynn 2008-11-15 09:40:41 -0600 Report

Thank you ..I believe the effects were worse before I was diagnosed..but I didnt see how bad until weeks befo0re I went into ICU in Keto.
I was driving at night in the same small town I had lived in for 5 yrs. and got lost and confused..I was pulled over for suspected DUI..and was terrified when I couldnt do the test..? eventually I asked the officer if he could do the breathe or blood test because I hadnt drank in months…I passed of course but my behavior also got the attention of my sons school and social services began testing me 2 times a week for ?? NO JOKE
See I was in GA. and had no health insurance,no family and little friends. My response was the same I hadnt felt right in a long time,but Im not using drugs,etc. But my behavior and extreme sudden weight lose said different in their eyes!

vgarrison 2008-11-15 12:23:54 -0600 Report


You must have been terrified…I'm so glad you were finally able to find out what was going on, and get help with it. I was pulled over the other night for a suspected DUI and found out I was low and had no idea I was driving different…now I check my sugars before I start the car…


Jlynn 2008-11-18 05:20:24 -0600 Report

.. yeah ..I never saw how sick I had gotten, I honestly thought I had finally went completely crazy…

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-14 12:19:20 -0600 Report

i am also glad someone brought this up. i'm tired of trying to laugh it off. can anyone tell me,are you tired all the time?

caspersmama 2008-11-14 12:58:38 -0600 Report

Are you in control. When I was in high numbers I got exhausted walking from room to room. Now in control I have more energy.

sparkysmom 2008-11-14 13:13:34 -0600 Report

I'm always tired. Park is the meds I take for pain, but I'm sure now that part is my BG.

fun2u2007 2008-11-14 13:58:49 -0600 Report

I used to be exhausted ALL the time, but I started walking this past July and have all kinds of energy now. Could only walk 10 minutes to start and am now up to 45 minutes.

sparkysmom 2008-11-14 14:43:51 -0600 Report

I wish I had someone close around to walk with. My MIL lives with us but is embarrassed to be seen with me and my rollator.

Nan H.
Nan H. 2009-07-17 21:52:15 -0500 Report

Have you had your thyroid level checked? Diabeties is a "progressive" disease; it often leads to hypothyroidism (which makes you tired and gain weight), hypertension (high blood pressure), depression, and blood flow problems (in men, this often leads to erectile dysfunction and in women loss of ability to become aroused, among other things). If you feel tired all the time, talk to your doctor about your thyroid.

Goddess 2008-11-14 12:14:15 -0600 Report

Your too young to feel that way. I would trade places with you in a heartbeat. I won't remember I wrote this 10 minutes from now.

Jlynn 2008-11-23 22:21:16 -0600 Report

I keep telling myself the same thing, but I also realize that I was really sick for a long time, and although it was definetly worse then, its just as frustrating.

Xa 2008-11-14 12:11:01 -0600 Report

I think I'm definitely getting dumber as I get older, and crankier. I'm not saying that to be cute, I really do think that it's true. There aren't a whole lot of studies on mental cognitive decline as a a complication of diabetes, but there are a few. I also have gotten more depressed in the last few years… a lot of the info out there on depression & diabetes talks about how depressing it is to be a diabetic (which is true) but I personally think there's more going on than just that. Not sure how helpful that is but it's honest.

dodo - 26123
dodo - 26123 2008-11-15 11:47:52 -0600 Report

What do you mean? Do you feel like you're not as sharp as you used too be or do you think it's a self-esteem problem?
I'm asking this because my brother who is 27 seems to be losing confidence in himself…and I don't know how to help him.

Crashnot 2009-10-11 07:16:06 -0500 Report

Have you checked your vitamin B levels recently? B6 deficiency can cause depression, and if you have high sugars at any time, your body is washing the vitamins out with the sugar in your urine. I am much cheerier after I got on a vitamin regime with plenty of B complexes in it!

caspersmama 2008-11-14 10:12:53 -0600 Report

I know that when I was high and not very controlled. I was cranky, very forgetful and crazy. I thought it was the pain meds making me that way. Doctor said it was the high blood sugars. Now that I am better controlled I seem happier, have more energy and a better out look on life. I think for me it is because I controlled something. I was out of control and I managed to get a handle on this disease and it is working. To me it is a great accomplishment. Since I cannot work this is my job. I get great satisfaction out of doing this on a daily basis. I do have problems sleeping but I think that is from the pain in my back not the diabetes.

Marie Clark
Marie Clark 2008-11-14 23:33:09 -0600 Report

I don't have trouble sleeping. The trouble is actually being asleep. I have night swets, like i'm working to be able to sleep. the next day is always a panic attack day. Look out world here she comes. After a few nights of this, I can't stay at work. can't do a thing except sit at my kitchen table and look out the window,watch the day go away…

oetiki 2008-11-13 23:57:50 -0600 Report

My problem is more keeping motivated to do my job. I sometimes get easily distracted and then I struggle to turn in my work on time.

vgarrison 2008-11-14 02:16:18 -0600 Report

have you ever been checked for ADD? I know that I have it, have had it for years…and if I don't take my meds..I can't concentrate on anything…


sparkysmom 2008-11-13 08:53:16 -0600 Report

I am so glad someone brought this up. I thought it was just me. Sometimes I forget things and that scares me because I have several relatives with Alzheimer's. I've been known to cry watching TV or for no reason whatsoever. I've also had days when I just can't force myself to leave my house. Not sure what I am afraid of just scared to leave. I never thought to connect it to my diabetes.I'm sorry you have these feeling JLynn but Thank You for letting me know it isn't just me.

Jlynn 2008-11-13 10:16:39 -0600 Report

ditto, I use to be afraid of leaving my house because of having a low reaction to insulin and getting the, "freak-outs" and that is hard enough at times to manage when im in my comfortable zone,home. Lately I guess I dont get out of the house so quickly because it takes me so long to do the everyday, "getting ready" etc. By then Im exhausted and tore up looking…lol. I do write things down to remember but It doesnt always work out for me..good luck to you ..keep in touch..

caspersmama 2008-11-14 10:06:21 -0600 Report

It has been shown that people with diabetes have a stronger chance of getting Alzheimer than "normal" people.

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-11-14 15:13:07 -0600 Report

Anxiety attacks have been known to affect people with diabetis.
You are not crazy. I have anxiety badly enough that I am on Lorazepam for it. It has been linked to my diabetis from my doctor.
It helps to recognize your mental state as a side affect of this disease that we have. Then, you can stop thinking that it is YOU that is craZy… ha ha ha
Your Friend, Leigh

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-13 05:05:42 -0600 Report

I forget things,put things up and can't find them. I have a little book that I keep things in that I have to remember the trick is to remember to write it down. Seems like the older I get the crazier I am. I try to cover some of it up by laughing at my self.

Goddess 2008-11-13 02:53:36 -0600 Report

I only mental problem I have That is not directly connected to my diabetes is my PTSD. The others are probably related to diabetes.

Jlynn 2008-11-14 06:46:00 -0600 Report

Im glad you shared that you have PTSD; Im not "100%" positive I have PTSD. But, since I have been feeling crazier then my norm__I looking into seeing a therapist or? It could be like alot of illness, diabeted esp. uncontrolled, makes over-all life craZy!!

vgarrison 2008-11-14 14:30:02 -0600 Report

My father has PTSD. I don't know exactly what it is, but I know he has a hard time dealing with it sometimes…Misery, you are a very strong woman in my eyes…thanks for sharing.


Goddess 2008-11-14 14:37:04 -0600 Report

Your welcome. The most people to get have been to war or had a very tramatic experience as I did. I will talk about it.

vgarrison 2008-11-13 02:48:48 -0600 Report


I too have had this issue…I was a human file cabinet of information, but lately I can't even seem to remember my own phone number sometimes…

I know that depression and insomnia can be a "side" affect of diabetes…but if i remember correctly there was a DB posting when I first started about someone going outside in their own backyard and not recognizing it…so it must be something that all of us go thru…


Audge 2008-11-17 19:13:00 -0600 Report

Well am glad I can across this blog I too have had many days where I have been off at work not on top of things not clear headed and I have been very depressed lately. I go from being high meaning feeling good that I can handle this without meds to very depressed wanting to tell my doctor and get meds but I hate taking any more meds than I have to and hope I can handle things on my own with exercise eating right and a good attitude but I guess time will tell.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-18 05:38:38 -0600 Report

You make me laugh. I too am a diabetic file cabinet. I too get "braindead". I always find myself laughing at myself for no apparent reson. I guess we don't realize maybe diabetes is something we could laugh about.(LOL)

vgarrison 2008-11-18 11:33:03 -0600 Report

Oh no Debe,

If you look hard enough you can find something to laugh at in every situation…it'a sometimes either that or cry at the situation…I'd rather laugh…


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