Depression from diabetes

By Mbrooks3 Latest Reply 2013-07-09 08:23:42 -0500
Started 2013-06-15 16:30:42 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 13months old. I'm 16yrs old now and for the past few months I've been really depressed about my diabetes. I've realized that no matter how much I try to take full control of it, I can never get the control I want. I've also realized that no matter how much I take care of it it won't go away, which makes me really depressed. I've been trying to find people who understand what I'm going though and who have some helpful advice to help me go through this dismal time. Is there anyone who's been where I am right now?

18 replies

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-09 08:23:42 -0500 Report

I get like that often. It honestly stinks sometimes. The only advice I have is to maybe have a friend or family member who is supportive(I'd be willing to as well, and I'm sure everyone here would be too), and just keep the hope that one day they will find a cure, they're getting so much closer.

JessTheMess 2013-06-19 21:59:49 -0500 Report

T1 sucksss!!!!! I know how you feel being in high school was the toughest time in my life as a diabetic I get depressed about it to sometimes so your not alone love. I don't have any advice, but if you ever want to vent plz feel free to contact me:)

Set apart
Set apart 2013-06-19 05:56:43 -0500 Report

Hey there as a T1 for almost 2 years I know how you feel, but like everyone says here we cannot let it define us. We are individuals with Diabetes not diabetics! You are a person first, you need live life, you're so young and you have that right. Don't get me wrong I am a control freak, when my numbers go high I panic and often over correct and will end up experiencing a bad low because of that! I've learned though there are some days that life does get to us and we can't control anything! Remember to get over the past, and tomorrow is not yet here, live for today, taking care of yourself, eating right, exercising, taking your meds, checking those BGs and most days you will feel great! Good luck!

Mikeal72 2013-06-19 00:06:23 -0500 Report

Hang in there buddy. We can all empathize with you in one way or another. Lean on the peeps here for some support when you need it, they're great!

Stuart1966 2013-06-17 19:50:28 -0500 Report

Been both 16 AND T1 so long I'm almost eligible for one of those "big year" Joslin medals very soon.

So whats going on? What's "jumping you" when you're not looking?

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-17 14:34:12 -0500 Report

Hey Mbrooks3,

I am glad you checked in with us. You came to the right place.

First, I want to offer you support. You are not alone in feeling this way. The challenges of diabetes can bring up a lot of feelings. Nobody knows better how you feel than your friends on Diabetic Connect.

I am thinking that it might be helpful for you to read an article I wrote for Living with Diabetes awhile back. Here is a link:

I hope you are getting lots of support. I also encourage you to talk to your parents about how you are feeling, and your doctor. And I hope you will stay in touch with us.

Take care of yourself, my friend.


Type1Lou 2013-06-16 14:52:47 -0500 Report

I've been a Type 1 for 37 years (more than twice as long as you've been alive…YIKES!) and I dealt with a clinical depression 18 months ago. My best advice (if you want to hear from someone old enough to be your grandma) would be not to dwell on things you can't change. (We have diabetes and we know it won't go away.) Concentrate your efforts on making the best choices you can in managing your condition. The right choices in what you eat and how you exercise will go a long way into creating a better quality of life for you. You have the power within you to make the right choices…not making a choice is, in fact, choosing. I just started using a pump 2 years ago and am loving the greater freedom and control it is giving me. Learn as much as you can about managing your diabetes and it will not define who you are and what you are capable of. The sky is the limit!

Mbrooks3 2013-06-16 12:20:35 -0500 Report

I have an insulin pump and it does give you much more freedom! I don't have a CGM though. I will try your way and just think about today :) thank you

RitaDawn 2013-06-16 11:36:15 -0500 Report

We've all been there :(
Are you on a pump or do you use needles? Pumps definitely give you more freedom and there are also continuous glucose monitors that help you keep control. I have both the pump and CGM. Having t1 diabetes can be vey frustrating and lonely at times. Generally most people dont understand it because they dont have it and they dont have to live and deal with it every day. just try to remember that there are things out there that are incurable and fatal and it can be so much worse than diabetes. The best advise I can give is to just think about today. You just have to deal with today and get through today. Tomorrow will come soon enough and then you can deal with it when it does. Honestly, if you don't have an insulin pump and CGM, please look into it, it can possibly help make things a little easier for you. If u ever need to dump or just talk, I will always respond. Remember, you are NOT alone. You are 16, try to go do something fun! And try not to honk about the diabetes

Stuart1966 2013-06-17 19:57:41 -0500 Report

With respect you are badly mistaken re: our technology(ies). However, I hope our young "sibling" understands they surely are not alone. We will all answer whether publicly, or privately… if they will share a little more re: what's happening… what is whispering in their ear that is crushing them. I am certain we can all assist in different ways.

GabbyPA 2013-06-16 06:40:39 -0500 Report

Being a teen is hard enough without having to add to it the battle you are in every day. You have had an "ah ha" moment in the realization of what is going on. It's natural to have depression, the key is not to stay there. Like Melissa said, finding something to do that makes you happy that can get your focus off your diabetes for a while is so helpful. I love photography and being outside. Those things take me away from what I deal with daily. I do have to come back, but it renews me and makes me feel like I can deal with it until my next hike or next trip somewhere.

Do you have any friend you can confide in on good or bad days? I know for me, that is one of my biggest helps. Being able to tell someone how I feel and not have them judge me is a HUGE plus. My friend is also a diabetic, so she gets it because she goes through hard times too. There are lots of folks here you can chat with that will be glad to help out.

Mbrooks3 2013-06-16 12:24:16 -0500 Report

I'm starting to try to get into hobbies to get it off my mind and it is helping. I don't know anybody else who has my condition to talk to, that's why I love that this discussion site was made! I really don't have people to go to who understand my situation, which was probably making me feel even more down.

Stuart1966 2013-06-17 20:07:48 -0500 Report

I've often wished we'd all have flashing billboards, or tee shirts listing whats truly going on in our lives (in real time).

There are more of us nearby than you realize, a lot more. We just don't happen to have those flashing billboards… and its ok. There are lots of sites geared in particular to young people, just your age.

Come on, what EXACTLY is going on??? Unhappy it may last your entire life? Unhappy you can't make the numbers behave/obey? Depressed you feel like you are literally alone… no diabetics for hundreds of miles? Whole bunch of possibilities… so what's kicking you butt ???

Lets get into it a little? Many of us are older, (not all) but we have the SAME *@#*@(#@#(@ issues.

Help us understand whats bothering you… maybe we can help, share ?

Melissa3487 2013-06-15 22:46:07 -0500 Report

Hi, there have been many times I have felt depressed over having diabetes. I have had it for 26 years. I can try to offer advice but it's important to remember it does not define you as a person. You are in control and can prevent health issues but you need to remember you're fighting each day to live your wonderful life. Life is what you make it. I have been through some very horrible experiences related to my diabetes but I am still fighting and it's not easy. I hope you have the support of family or friends and if you do let them be there for you. Try to express your feelings and let them help you. You are not alone and the depression will go away if you try to focus on what's best for you and what makes you feel happy. Perhaps a hobby or just writing some of your feelings in a diary can help. I hope this helped a little:) best of luck to you:)

Mbrooks3 2013-06-15 22:53:46 -0500 Report

Thank you for telling me that! I won't let my diabetes define who I am, I forget that sometimes. Your message did help me out btw :) and best of luck to you as well.

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