The Emotional Side of Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-02 18:59:01 -0600
Started 2013-03-01 10:24:32 -0600

We all struggle with the emotions that go along with any chronic illness. Depression, hopelessness, anger, and apathy. I found this article today that touches on some of those and helped me to have a better understanding of what my feelings are all about.

One thing I never put into emotional thoughts or stress is the point that diabetes makes me spend my money. Wow, that was an eye opener. Never thought of it that way.

By Diabetic Lifestyle

Depression and Anxiety in People with Diabetes
Written by Matt Nilsen

Dealing with diabetes puts a lot of attention on blood glucose monitoring and insulin and medications—and those are important, of course. But there is an emotional side to diabetes that should be addressed, too.

Diabetes interrupts your workday when you have to check your blood glucose.

Diabetes means you can't just grab food whenever you want—you have to plan for it.

Diabetes prolongs getting ready in the morning as you wash and inspect your feet.

Diabetes spends your money.

Diabetes frustrates you when your taste buds cry out for a pastry instead of an apple.

Diabetes makes you worry about your future. All of the time, effort, money, and stress interrupts your emotional stability and introduces emotional complications—and it's okay to be frustrated or overwhelmed or scared. There is an emotional component to diabetes, and we're here to validate those emotions, as well as help you healthily deal with them.

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4 replies

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-01 19:34:17 -0600 Report

well said. between the diabetes and fibromyalgia, depression had become my constant companion. now ive learned to live and accept. but mostly never to sweat the small stuff. if i get down, i remember the good things in my life and let the bad run off me like water on a ducks back.

MARQUEII 2013-03-02 18:54:05 -0600 Report

In addition to fibromyalgia and diabetes I also have psoriatic arthitis and asthma. So yes I am depressed almost all the time. Fortunately,or unfortunately depending on your view point, I qualify for both medicare/medicade so my out of pocket expenses are low, but having just started insulin they have just increased about 400%! I have just traded

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-02 18:59:01 -0600 Report

i also am on medicaid. due to having to go on SSI. i hate not being able to work. that in itself is depressing. but your right, it doesnt pay to sweat the small stuff. if ive learned one thing with my health problems it is this: do what i can to the best of my abilities and live life the fullest.

Gwen214 2013-03-01 16:50:16 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information Gabby, I've been struggling both with anxiety and depression. And sometimes wonder why I'm depressed, and if its a clinical depression due to being diabetic. I need to better understand where all the emotions are coming from