Depression, Anxiety, fatigue..?

By Starry_D Latest Reply 2013-09-26 11:20:46 -0500
Started 2013-09-22 18:47:39 -0500

So I've read so many articles about Diabetes and an increase in depression, (my doc even wants me to go to counseling for it!) diabetes leading to anxiety, and diabetes making us more prone to have fatigue (which even I've felt a few times!) but can anyone tell me why? I know, it's hard to get up every morning, and it affects everyone, including myself, but why is diabetes CAUSING all these problems?! Is there a certain medical term for it? Or do they just say, " you will have this long list of things wrong with you, including this disease! Have fun!" I'd love to hear from you guys about this!!

5 replies

GabbyPA 2013-09-26 11:20:46 -0500 Report

Chronic illness often can lead to increased depression because we never get a break from what we have to deal with. Every day you deal with sugar levels, what to eat, when to exercise, Testing 1, 2, 4, 10 times, how many carbs, how much insulin, inconsiderate family members with cookies, did I take my pills, my pills make me sick....well, you get the picture.

I know depression, true depression, cannot just be powered through. But I think too often, we just give in to the feeling and end up in a spiral. Attitude is a HUGE help and keeping a good one is vital. There are days when I don't feel like doing anything. Nothing at all. The trick is for me. to not let it last for more than one day. Making myself do the things I know I should gets me out of the "guilt" that leads to "depression" that leads to "giving up". Don't want to be there, so I fight hard to keep it away.

Plus, when things get really bad, I have friends here and face to face that I can vent to. I always feel better after a good vent and as long as people let me vent and move on, I'm all good with that.

One more thing that helps me is to be there for other people. When I am helping others, the feeling of self focus often goes away, even if for a little while. I see the life of someone else and it can be inspiring in either, be like that person, or DON'T. When we give, we have the opportunity to change the life of someone else for the good, and that in-turn, makes us feel good.

sandyfrazzini 2013-09-26 11:00:18 -0500 Report

I have been a Type 1 for 31 years and also had Rheumatoid Arthritis for 10 years, I have been told that both conditions can lead to depression and fatigue, which I have never experienced until a few months ago. I thought I could deal with this on my own, but it has only gotten worse so I have finally made an appointment with a Doctor. I wish everyone dealing with these issues good luck.

Nick1962 2013-09-24 09:46:47 -0500 Report

I’m not sure diabetes “causes” these issues because even normal, “healthy” people have them.
They’re both chemical and mental issues, and any type of chronic condition will seem to make you more prone to them though.
With the right attitude there is no guarantee that you’ll suffer from them any more than anyone else just because you’re diabetic.

fatso200 2013-09-23 19:50:31 -0500 Report

Blood sugar fluctuations and disorders can directly affect mood. So can other hormone levels. Also the fact of being self deprived and having to spend the rest of your natural life avoiding delicious foods in quantity can make one depressed. The best bet is to go to a psychiatrist and see if he can put you on massive doses of one of the antidepressants on the market. One of them is bound to work. One that might even have a side effect of weight loss of even nausea, where you won't feel like eating.

Dr John
Dr John 2013-09-23 08:12:13 -0500 Report

I think a lot of the problems, such as fatigue, associated with type 1 diabetes is due to a reaction to the preservatives used in insulin. Also, many diabetes turn to low carb snacks like cheese and yogurt, which lowers your serotonin level if you don't have enough monoamine oxidase in your stomach to break it down, which leads to depression. I wrote several books on the subject.