By MountainMan1 Latest Reply 2013-10-18 21:40:02 -0500
Started 2013-10-16 09:48:12 -0500

I have been a type one diabetic for 10 years now, and have been noticing severe emotional changes. Besides medication is there anyway to cope with depression?

5 replies

JamminJenny 2013-10-18 21:40:02 -0500 Report

Awesome for reaching out, because so many others don't. I also have diabetes … Along with multiple Sclerosis (MS), CVID (Immune Deficiency), and Colitis. It sucks. And…I fight depression. Not because of what I have, but as a side effect of everything. 2 things help if/when I don't see my therapist. 1. Read an interesting book. Maybe something you would never read, like Harry Potter or something different. But it really takes your mind off life. 2. Hug a pet. I have 2 dogs that really are my life savers. The unconditional love is amazing.

Hang in there. I'll be thinking of you!!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-16 20:46:22 -0500 Report

MountainMan, seek therapy. I know from experience that depression can wear out the body physically. I was diagnosed with Unipolar Depression.

Through therapy, I learned that depression is a very selfish disorder. For me the focus was always on myself. If I couldn't go somewhere, if things were not going the way I wanted or hoped, if I my car broke down I could go where I wanted to go even if I didn't want to go anywhere. Everything was about me. I lived the woe is me lifestyle. I don't recall being happy about anything regardless of what it was. To keep from people asking me what was wrong, I pretended that I was having fun. I even went to work everyday and on vacation several times a year. I was so miserable at times I got on my own nerves. I literally hated myself.

I can say that without the therapist I had, I would not be here today. This man was beside me every step of the way on my road to recovery. I had to hit rock bottom to build myself back up. I had solid walls of steel around me and I was in a hole so deep, that looking up, sunshine was a pinhole.

Added to this was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I had flashbacks so bad I thought they were real. One night I left my therapist office in the snow and got into my car. I had the worse flashback of my life. I could not remember how to start the car or drive. I don't know how I got back into his office. I remember him calling my mom and telling her I was going to the hospital. A state police officer transported me. I was released the next morning totally exhausted.

I think that was the turning point for me. After about 30 days, I told my therapist I could no longer live like that. He helped me get my foot on the first rung of the ladder. I had biofeedback therapy and relaxation therapy along with my medication. I learned how to focus on other things. During this time I had surgery on my hand and I had to stop being a volunteer EMT at a fire company. All of this was 20 years ago I am no longer on medication. Today I have graduated from college, become very involved in my community, started a small business with my sister, and have a lot of fun without any pretence.

I do get depressed from time to time but I can shake myself out of it. I did have a bout not too long ago. I sat down and had a chat with a friend he helped me see all of my atributes. We are stronger than we think we are and if we apply ourselves, depression can be overcome. It takes wanting to free yourself from its clutches, perseverance and not giving in or giving up. Good luck.

tinkerbell54 2013-10-17 10:03:05 -0500 Report

I guess depression comes with our diabetes I to have had depression . But I had not been depress for along while. if U have depression to long talk to Ur diabetic doctor or Ur medical doctor. I am here for u. Stop by & chat any time U feel blue. Ruth Tinkerbwell54

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-10-16 18:53:46 -0500 Report

Hey MountainMan,

I am so glad you reached out. Really sorry to hear you are feeling depressed. Reaching out for support is an important first step.

Here is a link to an article I wrote awhile back:

I really encourage you to get some help. One starting place is your doctor. Let him/her know what's going on with you and them to provide you with options. I would also encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional. You might check with your managed care provider for ideas on resources that are available to you.

Don't go through this alone. Reach out for help. And keep us posted on how you are doing, my friend.

Take good care of yourself.


Jan8 2013-10-16 11:05:21 -0500 Report

I also have depression and am on several meds( called a cocktail). They have been a godsend to me. many timed diabetes and depression go together. Therapy did me no good. A diabetic nutritionist gave me hope. depression doesn't go away by itself. beat of luck to you !

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