Emotional wreck

By BrookeLauren Latest Reply 2013-03-21 06:40:04 -0500
Started 2013-03-16 01:50:05 -0500

2 years ago before I was a type 1 diabetic I used to pride myself on how in control I was of my emotions. I never cried and I liked that.
However now it seems like just the drop of a pen can make me cry. Certain commercials, or even laughing will turn into me sobbing over something that happened hours ago.
Does diabetes cause your emotional levels to go a little crazy, or am I just am emotional wreck for no reason? Haha help!

35 replies

sloane 2013-03-21 06:40:04 -0500 Report

Diabetes can play on your emotions a bit for different reasons. Sometimes if blood sugars are out of control, high or low you will feel different. Sometimes the strain of having diabetes makes you more fragile ...just at first then you become really really strong!! I have two boys with diabetes and I have seen it. Hang in there!

KG66 2013-03-19 14:14:19 -0500 Report

I was the same way! Happy as can be then once I started going downhill and got diagnosed with type 1 I lost it. I cry a little everyday, and like you it seems to be for silly little reasons. I was diagnosed with Depression back in August or September. I've heard from friends here on DC that diabetes and depression can be linked together. I've been working with a counselor and have tried medication but so far it's still a battle! Hope things get better! :)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-18 12:14:41 -0500 Report

I vote that you are an ER for no reason! I look at it this way. One day you have a tight rein on your emotions (maybe too tight?) the next day you are told you have diabetes and you are a wreck. So, ER for NR! Really, you are on the other sex side from me, so maybe your hormones are going a little bit whacky and will settle down. I can say that because you don't know where I am so you can't hit me! Anyway, stay on your raft and ride it, you will survive. Wish you the best, Jim

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-03-18 12:14:33 -0500 Report

I would say that yes diabetes can definitely play a huge role in your emotions. I am the same way, I can cry or break down at the strangest times. Those that know me well will always ask if my blood sugar is ok first thing before responding.

If my blood sugar is all over the place I can expect to be all over the place emotionally as well. It is sad but true, we are tied to diabetes in so many ways. I know we can't use it as an excuse, but sometimes it really is just because of the diabetes :)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-18 12:02:35 -0500 Report

I have never experienced this. I don't know what an emotional wreck is. It would be very annoying to me to be that way. I think this is happening because you have problems you are not facing. Eventually they all gang up on you and you have caused yourself a great amount of stress. It is kind of like sticking your head in the sand. When you pull your head out, your problems are still there.

You may have to relearn coping skills. You could also have a hormone imbalance. Have you talked to your doctor? If it were me, I would sit down and make a list of everything bothering me. I would look at the list and prioritize them in to what needs immediate attention, what can be handled quickly and what is of no concern to me at all. The strength to do this has to come from you.

BrookeLauren 2013-03-18 12:57:09 -0500 Report

That's actually a very good idea. I've never thought about just sitting down and making a list of all things bothering me. Thanks, I'm definitely going to try that!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-18 12:18:39 -0500 Report

Oh boy, thanks JJ for the hormonal inbalance support (I usually don't read the answers until I give it a shot). I like your first paragraph too. Maybe BL you have been hoarding monesters for years and the prison decided to let a few loose! I have not seen this spelled out yet, but maybe your monesters are part of the release connected with the Sequester?

MewElla 2013-03-18 08:28:13 -0500 Report

Stress and emotions are definitely situations that can drive my bg#'s…Like you, I used to be controlled in emotions but talking with others I know know this is something we all have to deal with. Not fun, but it just is…

SnufflesMichelle 2013-03-17 23:07:43 -0500 Report

Diabetes effects EVERY aspect of your body, and I've been Type 1 for 11 years now and can def. say it's been an ongoing battle trying to control my emotions. High blood sugar affects emotions of anger, stress and anxiety. And the more in control your blood sugars are the more in control of your emotions are. That's what my doctor has told me and what I've learned from personal experience.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-03-18 12:20:41 -0500 Report

Thanks Michelle, you clicked a few memories (go ahead, laugh, you will get there in 30+ years) I would say when my BS level is high, over 400, a temper that I can usually keep well reined in escapes.

Gwen214 2013-03-17 11:59:32 -0500 Report

Well, I've been a Type 1 diabetic since 12, and now I'm 39. I became emotional @35. Before 35, i would become annoyed by people as Set apart would. annoyed by the " whiny, Girly girl, and cute was not in my vocabulary, but now, I cry at everything, or when my mind starts reminiscing.. LOL, I cry. Looking cute animals I cry. Blah..

tinkerbell54 2013-03-18 10:45:16 -0500 Report

i know our emtions are affected by our diabetes. it effects us with aunt flo. our children , our husband effect our blood levels . even making love effects our blood levels. Tinkerbell54

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-17 06:01:19 -0500 Report

Don't worry you are not alone on this one! Since I was diagnosed with T1, I also find myself very emotional. I also find that I seem to sometimes lack empathy towards others, mostly adults. This happens when I feel like they're "whining" for the smallest things, like their alarm clock didn't go off and they're pissed for the rest of the day! I guess after you've walked in my shoes and my trials, this is but a petty excuse to be pissed! I know it sounds mean, but I just have a hard time with this. Emotions can be dealt with, I also read, exercise, spend a lot of time alone. I work with children with disabilities and with them it's different, still innocent, yet needing so much!!!! Take care and find time for yourself, remember we can learn to control and live with D, and i know how hard it is. I still cry and that's okay, because it comes in spurts and then I get over it and keep on trucking!

locarb 2013-03-16 12:48:32 -0500 Report

I definitely don't think that you're losing it for "no reason." It's physically and mentally exhausting to be diagnosed. Living with the condition is difficult. Finding sources that understand what you're going through is largely non-existent, other than physicians who are clinical and friends or family who may try but I note they understandable tend to tire of symptoms they don't understand.

There's also potentially medication, hormones and a host of other reasons why you're experiencing what you are. I suggest you just accept it. It may be uncomfortable for you, and I'm sorry if it is, but look at it as a snapshot of where you are right now and accept it.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-16 12:57:54 -0500 Report

let let u we all feel that way. I will be married 25 yrs this May . I have hard at times. just like i see pictures of my teenage daughter she is 16 now. but i still see her baby pics. & the still make me cry. we all look at the past but we need to move forward to. made be u need the dr to check u blood levels out . He can help u there . Tinkerbell54

jayabee52 2013-03-16 09:20:39 -0500 Report

When I was a much younger man I prided my self in my composure, but now as I have gone through many life experiences, both good and bad, I find myself being touched deeply by certain things. I will tear up watching certain movies or even break down and sob. Certain songs do it for me as well. I believe it might have something to do with being alive for a long time and having good experiences and some not so good. I think that my medical challenges as a whole might have something to do with it as well, but only a minor part.

diabetesfree 2013-03-16 05:28:42 -0500 Report

I think that being a diabetic can definitely add a lot of stress to your life. Unless you find some sort of way to deal with your stress effectively, it tends to just build up until it comes spilling over in the form of anxiety, depression, physical illness or any number of other negative manifestations. Other than that, I don't know of any type of "direct" link between diabetes and emotions. It is just as likely something completely unrelated.

camerashy 2013-03-17 00:00:02 -0500 Report

I sure would like to be able to cry. I feel like a dry well. And I have a new motto: "It's a good day if I haven't hit or bit anyone."

lisalud 2013-03-16 11:38:43 -0500 Report

I enjoy a few yoga classes a week…that just centers me and connects my mind and body. For that hour there is nothing on my mind but me and what I am doing on my mat!! Highly recommend yoga. There are beginners classes for everyone no matter what your challenges.

Gwen214 2013-03-18 16:51:14 -0500 Report

I've been debating taking yoga…what other benefits other than it relaxes you. I'm not very flexible. I've heard Pilates is good too. Or Tai Chi? I'm leaning towards the tai chi.

lisalud 2013-03-18 19:07:36 -0500 Report

Yoga also keeps me flexible, makes me strong because I use my own body weight as resistance. It challenges me every class to be my best and the only competition is with myself. It also lets me connect to my own body. At the end of every class savasana,which is a complete rest period…is very restoring. I hope you will give it a try.

lisalud 2013-03-16 11:38:34 -0500 Report

I enjoy a few yoga classes a week…that just centers me and connects my mind and body. For that hour there is nothing on my mind but me and what I am doing on my mat!! Highly recommend yoga. There are beginners classes for everyone no matter what your challenges.

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