mood swings

By rowl Latest Reply 2013-04-10 14:33:51 -0500
Started 2013-04-03 09:07:14 -0500

is it normal to have theses?

43 replies

FoxieLily 2013-04-10 14:33:51 -0500 Report

My mood swings are so bad at times it even drives me nuts. But, I can tell how my bs are reading according to my moods.

MrsCDogg 2013-04-10 05:08:43 -0500 Report

If my blood sugar is too low I get cranky. When it is dropping I can become weepy if I don't realize it's a low coming on.

Jan8 2013-04-07 10:23:17 -0500 Report

When my Bg starts to go low I feel scared and I don't know why. That is the first sign that my BG is going low. I have much better control over my emotions now than before I got my diagnosis. I also take meds for control "Thank " God for medication !!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2013-04-06 15:20:14 -0500 Report

I have mood swings and did before diabetes. I found I couldn't control them very easy and went to a Dr. and now take medication for it. I'm not Bi=Polar it's just happens to the best of us. If you find it proves to get the best of you, go see your family Dr. and see what he or she says. I hate the feeling too. Valentine Lady

flipmom 2013-04-05 11:18:39 -0500 Report

i have mood swings even before diabetes… but i think its normal ..what isnt normal is when you are not able to control yourself or anything extreme should be a concern. so talk to your medical provider..

pkwillhoite 2013-04-05 13:11:05 -0500 Report

I realy have a lot of mood swings! Its very hard for me to control them… I hate them so much. I do need help and I realize that I do…

tinkerbell54 2013-04-05 13:40:51 -0500 Report

we all get mood swings. maybe U need to talk to Ur GYN DR . about putting U on so Meds. I have from for my self over the counter pills that work with mood swings. I got them at CVS Estroblend Multivitamin.. it works for me with the mood swing. Tinkerbell54

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-04 22:32:16 -0500 Report

Hey rowl,

I see that you got some excellent replies to your question.

What I always say to my clients is that when you are living with a chronic condition and you experience emotional reactions of any kind, it's a good idea to bring this up with your doctor first. The ups and downs of blood sugar levels can affect your mood. Medications can also have an impact on your mood. So you might want to keep a record of when you experience mood swings, and see if there is any kind of pattern to when they occur. You might bring this alont to your doctor.

And the challengs of living with diabetes can affect your emotions. It can help to make sure you are doing things you enjoy, getting emotional support, participating in spiritual/religious practices if that is part of your life. Body-mind-spirit.

You might also consider seeing a counselor for a few sessions, or more, to talk about what's going on with you, get some perspective, learn new ways to cope.

Something to think about. I am glad you are here!


katcot2152 2013-04-04 18:01:49 -0500 Report

The mood swings doesn't have to mean we are happy go lucky one minute and grumpy, or angry the next. It could also encompass depression and the whole gambit of emotions that go beyond anger and happiness.

1rahrbunny 2013-04-04 17:35:24 -0500 Report

Blood sugar affects how you brain processes information so mood fluctuations are 100% normal and happen to all of the diabetics that I know.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 12:49:45 -0500 Report

Years ago when I was diagnosed with depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I use to have really bad mood swings. However, working with my therapist during that time period, I learned to control them.

I was diagnosed with Diabetes and that shocked me for 24 hours. I jumped right it. I am not a moody person so I don't have a problem with mood swings these days.

sNerTs1 2013-04-04 10:24:05 -0500 Report

I will add my 2 bits here although its not going to be much different from that of the others who have posted to you. YES its normal to have mood swings. Like Gabby had said, a lot has to do with the fluctuations of your sugars. I found when my sugars dropped on me that I became a not so nice person and I would say things that I don't even remember saying. Things that are totally out of character for me. I'm generally a nice person so when my family experiences me like this, they immediately tell me to check my sugars and get something in me. Thank gosh they look out for me.

Sometimes, we have to train those around us so that they understand and not take it personally but to understand that you might be in trouble. Its good that we all teach each other.

I hope your swings are less moody soon and you find a level that makes you smile a lot more =)

1rahrbunny 2013-04-04 17:39:24 -0500 Report

Funny because lows make me more happy go lucky and highs make me sharp, more angry seeming. Others sometimes can tell before me also. Good to be observant!

katcot2152 2013-04-04 09:08:01 -0500 Report

Here is the way I see it - mind you, I am not a doctor and this is my opinion based upon my own experiences. I feel that being diagnosed with any chronic or incurable disorder can affect your moods. It's like divorce - looked upon as the death of a marriage. Well, it seems to me that being recently diagnosed with Diabetes, whether it be type 1 or type 2, is very similar, in that a part of your "good health" has died. No one wants diabetes, but once diagnosed with it, we have to live with it and deal with all that goes along with it. Are you happy that you were diagnosed with diabetes? Not at all! Can you live with diabetes? Absolutely! Do you give up any hope that some day there will be a cure and/or a preventative from getting diabetes? I certainly hope you have given up? That makes the difference. For example, some years ago I was working with a special needs student who happened to have Muscular Dystrophy. He wasn't doing well at school, had a horrendous attitude and many behavioral issues. Does he have a good reason to be angry? I would say yes, but there is no need to act on that anger. When i spoke with him about why he was doing so poorly in school, he responded with, "Why bother? I'm just going to die anyway!" I asked him "what if they found a cure tomorrow, are you prepared to go out and make a living for yourself? Or go on to college? You can't do either without an eduction AND there is always hope for a cure. My mother had polio as a toddler, but she can walk today! They have been able to come up with a vaccine to prevent polio. The same can happen with MD."

And so I say to you the same thing, while we may have to deal with the diabetes, there is always hope for a cure and we mustn't give up or let go of that hope. You will have mood swings. But didn't you have them before you were diagnosed with diabetes? I bet you have, but are now more aware of it and willing to blame the diabetes for them. And when I say you, I'm not specifically pointing you out. rowl = that "you" is all of us collectively. Hang in there and if you need to you can always come to this site for support and a morale booster!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 13:04:54 -0500 Report

Kat truth be told, people do have mood swings prior to being diagnosed. I think blaming them on low sugar is an excuse for being moody. I think that if you were a moody person before you were diagnosed, you will still be a moody person once you are diagnosed.

I was very moody. I would get angry or annoyed at the drop of a hat. My mood swings were so bad I could chew you out and smile at you while I am doing it. A lot has to do with the stress in your life. Once in therapy and learning how to recognize stress and how to deal with it made things easier.

These days, when I feel myself getting angry or annoyed, I ask myself why am I getting angry or annoyed? Nine times out of ten the anger and annoyance isn't worth it. Everyone has mood swings all through life. Didn't you get upset or scream and cry because your mom or dad say no to you as a child. Didn't you get upset because you ended a relationship? Didn't you get upset because your team lost the big game? You were happy before these events occurred in your life.

I now live with the "Suck it Up and Move On" theory. I don't care if someone is angry with me, if I lose a friend or if things I don't control are not going right. Reduced my stress and I don't have a problem with mood swings. I am basically the same all the time. If I don't like the way things are going I will say something. If I can't change or fix something, it wasn't meant for me to change it or fix it. I suck it up and move on. Life is way to short to be dealing with unimportant matters. I really enjoyed reading your post. You made some excellent eye opening points and more people should read what you wrote.

katcot2152 2013-04-04 17:54:55 -0500 Report

My last paragraph said the same thing, I asked if he had mood swings prior to the diabetes diagnosis. However, there are some folks who rarely have mood swings. Then they get diagnosed with something they believe is the "death of their good health", ie. diabetes, cancer, MS…they are the ones who may have more mood swings than they ever did in their lives. But we can't use our medical problems get the best of us and use the mood swings as an excuse. And Many of these people may have had mood swings prior to their diabetes diagnosis, but weren't made aware of them until they were diagnosed. Why? Because they are dwelling on their medical condition may be one reason. Or maybe they are feeling overwhelmed with too much information being thrown at them at once. They have to get past that and perhaps they need help in doing so. While others may be able to,. as you say, suck it up and move on. Everyone is different. And we have to recognize that the way they deal with it may take more time than the way you or I deal with it. it doesn't really matter why or when they have mood swings, but it does matter in how we cope with them.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-04 18:30:37 -0500 Report

I agree with you when you said they dwell on the medical condition. When you dwell on something on a continuous basis you can make the condition worse. I can understand being overwhelmed but you have to come to a point where you accept the condition, do your best to make it better and more importantly move forward with your life.

You have to stop making excuses for why you can't do something. You have to stop trying to find blame, and you have to stop looking for people to feel sorry for you. Life is meant to be lived to the best of your ability. You simply cannot not take care of yourself.

katcot2152 2013-04-04 18:45:51 -0500 Report

I agree with you wholeheartedly!!!! But i still think it takes some longer than others to get to that point and some may even need assistance getting there, i.e. counseling.

Nana_anna 2013-04-03 23:08:15 -0500 Report

I have them. I have to control them. I can go off if something goes out of order or someone messes with me. I don't know if that is related to being a diabetic, or if its mental/both. I am good most of the time. I hate it when I do get moody. I find good ways to get out of them.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-03 20:02:58 -0500 Report

Not feeling good and recovering from a low causes me to be moody, its part of who I am. I do try to recover on my own there's no reason everyone around me has to feel the impact of D. I like to be alone when I get like this!

GabbyPA 2013-04-03 19:09:25 -0500 Report

As your sugar rises and falls, it often causes our moods to go from one extreme to another. I know I found I was not a nice person to be around sometimes. There are times when I want to just bite someone's head off, and I have to stop and ask myself how am I feeling and what is my sugar level.

KG66 2013-04-03 17:33:23 -0500 Report

I seem to be "the queen" of mood swings. One minute I'm fine the next I'm grumpy! lol

lorider70 2013-04-03 15:06:49 -0500 Report

It's easy for me to get into a bad mood until I start thinking that there are literally millions of people way worse off than I am and also a great number of them are much younger than I am.

jojowm 2013-04-03 14:54:48 -0500 Report

I get the same way. I even sometimes just go into another room and close the door, don't want to be bothered with anyone. I don't like feeling like that either.

ShellyLargent 2013-04-03 12:47:26 -0500 Report

That's pretty much how my husband can tell that my blood sugar is low… I go into "bitch-mode" everytime!

Tony5657 2013-04-03 14:50:08 -0500 Report


I'm VERY familiar with "bitch mode." My ex-girlfriend would go into that "alter personality" but she didn't have diabetes. She was bipolar. I assume that can be caused by multiple triggers.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

IronOre 2013-04-03 10:38:20 -0500 Report

oh yes, there are other discussions on here about it, and plenty of other info on-line about it