Diabetes and Depression

By KG66 Latest Reply 2012-10-10 08:16:52 -0500
Started 2012-10-01 16:13:26 -0500

I know this is a touchy subject for a lot of people, but I feel that I know nobody to talk to. My family ignores it and everyone else thinks nothing is wrong. I went to the doctors last week where she told me I have depression. She put me on anti depressants but they seem to making me sick and lose my appetite. I'm in college but don't want to be and nobody listens as to why. So here I am fighting to stay positive but it's hard when nobody listens… Has anyone else ever felt this way? I never thought I'd ever here the doctor say I'm depressed…

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Dr John
Dr John 2012-10-10 08:16:52 -0500 Report

I'm an expert in the field of neurotransmitters, migraine, depression and other serotonin and norepinephrine disorders and published several books on the subject. Depression can be physiological, psychological, or both. As for the physiological, you need to avoid tyramine containing food, which is all food that is fermented (cheese, chocolate, yogurt, etc.). There is more to it than that. But, that is a good place to start. I would also avoid wheat for now and take the gluten sensitivity test described at www.StarshipDiabetes.com under information and tips.


KG66 2012-10-08 17:56:16 -0500 Report

Just letting everyone know I am going to the Doctors on Friday and we're going to see what she suggests for school and about my medication. I am just not happy with what I'm going into and I really don't think it's for me. I feel stressed to the max. I guess we will see! But I would like to thank everyone for their advice and help it really makes me feel a little better!

Jan8 2012-10-05 08:21:53 -0500 Report

You're not alone.I also have depression.If you feel a med is not working the way you would like it to,call your doc and explain why. sometimes they change the dose or the drug. It really doesnt matter if anyone listens.It's your body so listen to it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-05 00:39:21 -0500 Report

It is very common to develope depression at some point in your diabetes journey, so don't feel alone. You need to have a sit down with your family and explain how you feel and that you really do need help. Try to figure out why you don't want to be in college, is it too hard and maybe you need tutoring help, or maybe you just need to change your major for something you would enjoy more. I would go to the health dept on campus and speak with a counselor, that is why they are there.

Your mood can also be uplifted by having bg numbers in range and exercising. Your body will feel good both ways and help you to see that being diabetic is what you make of it. When in charge it can feel awsome:)

trytry2011 2012-10-04 13:50:31 -0500 Report

My diagnosis came several weeks ago. It is time for a BIG adjustment and so far it hasn't started. I have cerebral palsy and thus have mobility issues. Hang in there with me1

Libra1969 2012-10-04 11:18:48 -0500 Report

Personally I think that diabetes and depression are bed partners. I don't think that I have ever gotten over the depression. I live with it on a daily basis and try not to let it control my life. There are days when it does seem to get the best of me but so far so good.
It is helpful to have a good support system from family and friends and if they are not educated then perhaps to help them to understand better they need to be educated. It can be just as scary for your family as it is for you. Good luck to you and all the best

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-01 19:42:28 -0500 Report

I battled depression for years and finally won. If you are living on campus or even if you are a commuting student, go to the student health center. Depending on the size of your campus, there may be a psychologist there for you to talk to.

My family was of no help to me and neither were my friends but they stuck with me. I found that people don't understand what they cannot see or if they are not suffering from it. Over time they are not going to deal with it or with you having it. They get to a point where they are tired of hearing about it.

My psychologist set up family sessions. This was a turning point because my family got a better understanding. Your friends may listen but they really don't know what to say so they say nothing or they will tell you what they think.

Medications for depression do not work immediately and with some you have to have periodic blood test. I have been down that road because of some of the medications I was on. It took a while to get the proper medication and the proper dosage. Some made me sick, caused insomnia, made me sleepy, caused me to lose and gain weight. Through all of this there were the blood test to check the blood level of the medication. Ask your doctor to refer you to a therapist who will set up regularly scheduled visits for you.

In the mean time, I kept journals that I often shared with my psychologist. The fact of the matter is he was the best thing to happen in my life. Without him, I don't know where I would be today. Good luck to you.

pontufex 2012-10-01 18:42:24 -0500 Report

After my divorce I fell into a terrible depression, that was seven years ago, and I have yet to make it to the other side, but I've learned to cope the best I can.
Once I was diagnosed with Type 2 every ounce of depression I've been fighting flood over me and to be honest the thought of suicide had crossed my mind, but thankfully those thoughts didn't last long.
One thing to remember is that you are never alone…never. There are over 6 billion people on this little blue speck we call home, and with the advent of the internet those voices can be connected in ways unheard of just a couple decades ago. My family (other than my daughter) ignore my depression telling be to buck up, and cheer up, well, I've learned to ignore them, I had to other wise depression would be the least of my worries. The only person you need to think about is you (even if you have kids) because if you don't look out for yourself what good will you be to anyone else?
We may be strangers to you, but we're here to listen and help in any way we can.
As for your meds, when I first started on Zoloft it made me sick as a dog, but after a couple months my body adjusted to it and the side effects dissipated. But no matter my experience, you are a completely different person and you may need to be switched to a different anti-depressant so make sure you talk to your doctor and describe in detail all your symptoms so that they can make an informed decision on the direction of your care.

Take care, and remember we're here for you.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-10-01 20:02:22 -0500 Report

Pontufex, I was on Zoloft and the only side effect I had was weight loss. On the other hand Prozac caused insomnia and hallucinations. I knew it was not for me the night the butterflies on my sheets started flying around the room followed by the horse on my bed.

My psychologist taught me to face life for what it is. Everything use to depress me. It was like growing up and cracking my shell and stepping out into the world. I asked my psychiatrist to wean me off the Zoloft. Against his better judgement he did. This was when the hard work began. My psychologist and I were at first like oil and water. However, he got me to start focusing on life and things in life that would cause me to be depressed and once this started I realized I had wasted a good part of my life being depressed over things I could not control.

In the midst of all of this I got dumped by someone I had been seeing for several years. I went into a tailspin for several months until the day I was in a session and said "You know, no matter how much you love someone you can't blame yourself if they no longer want to be with you". Why am I depressed because he doesn't want to be with me and is moving on with his life and I am sitting here depressed? I got over it and moved on. I started traveling and doing things I never thought I would do.

One of the things my therapist taught me was to identify things that caused me to be stressed and ways to work through it with out it being stressful. This went back to things out of my control. We also did relaxation therapy which helped a great deal.

In all of this, the one thing I learned is that if things go wrong try to fix it, if it can't be fixed, it wasn't meant to be, if relationships end, let go and move on because you can't make people love or like you and finally life is meant to be lived and enjoyed in or out of a relationship.

I spent 10 years beating depression and I never looked back. Sure things get me down today but I don't dwell on it, I work through it or let it go and move on. Good luck and I pray you will become depression free soon.

type1skillset 2012-10-01 18:34:37 -0500 Report

HI KG, Don't worry my friend. You are allowed to feel down, don't make yourself wrong for it! Life is a roller coaster and we are all made to feel that we need to be 100% happy the whole time. Nothing wrong with a bit of sadness. I live off the motto, if you resist something it persists. College is a tough time at the best of times. Soon you will get into a rhythm and everything will fall into place! Just be with it!

Harlen 2012-10-01 18:14:42 -0500 Report

Yep I fight it every day .
Just stey strong and keep going to school you can make it and you need the schooling to make a living later in life and D can make you depressed .
We all need a good living just to take care of D .
Focus on and not others do what you need to do to get thrue .
Best wishes

jayabee52 2012-10-01 17:17:19 -0500 Report

KG, Diabetes often causes us to be depressed. I have been a depressed person long before I was diagnosed (Dx'd) with Diabetes. But once I was Dx'd I fell into the sub basement and proceeded to dig holes.

If you are feeling sick after being on an antidepressant I would think you ought to speak with your Dr and tell what is happening with you. I know that it is hard to be firm with your Dr when depressed, but if you have a friend who could go with you and help you communicate with her.

I pray you can find a good antidepressant which agrees with you and works well for you.


jaf76 2012-10-01 16:38:47 -0500 Report

You aren't alone you have this community. I am new here myself but so many people have made me feel so welcomed. I am getting all kinds of information that helps me out. I think being depressed is something that happens whenever you have really upsetting news. Some people handle things differently. Try to keep your head up, and smile ok. And remember you aren't alone in this disease. My family will pray for you. God bless