mental health--now and before

By terten Latest Reply 2009-03-03 13:04:45 -0600
Started 2009-02-28 16:30:28 -0600

i personally have many mental health problems before the diabetis set in. Thus i always must keep the past under control as well dealing with the present. DON'T be afraid to seek out proper mental phd's—NOT JUST YOUR REGULAR MD 'CAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW SQUAT ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOUR MIND TICK AND/OR HOW!!

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DiabetesDiva 2009-03-03 13:04:45 -0600 Report

I am so fortunate that my nurse practitioner is well educated in the care & treatment of depression. Not only does she hug me at every visit, I can speak honestly with her. Right now I am tapering off Wellbutrin and the withdrawel is not fun. I called her office last week at 4 pm and by 5 she had already called me an a new RX was waiting for me. I've not had good luck with psychiatrists. I guess it depends on the patient and where you live. I hope you find someone to help you. It's so frustrating not to get the care you deserve.

BeckyJ 2009-03-01 12:45:54 -0600 Report

I too experienced the diffuculty of getting docs to cooperate on treatment and care options. I have a terrific Family MD who handles the everyday medical problems,an Endo for my Diabetes and a Psychiatrist and Psychologist who handle my bi-polar/anxiety issues. I was finally able to get everyone to talk to each other regarding treatments/meds. Before this colaberation I was fighting everyone, One would say "You should try this" and the other would say "NO, absolutely not". Very confusing and distressing for me. I didn't know who to listen to. I finally took charge of my health when I insisted they consult each other before changing any meds on me. I was so accepting of the "DOCTOR'S ORDERS" that I experienced some severe side effects when trying a new med for anxiety without checking the drug out and talking with my Family MD or Endo. I now check every new med, change in dosage and change in diet with the Family MD, she is helping me seperate the wheat from the chaff. Not to say that I take her word for law, I am much more involved in my care than previously and do occasionaly go with my own instincts on decisions. I know that in some cases she's wrong and doesn't understand my mental health issues. The important thing is that you listen to both sides of the story and make the right decision for you. A lot of treatments for mental health problems are NOT approved for diabetics becuase they cause severe BG fluctuations. Do your research and check with your MD AND Psychiatrist if you aren't sure about the treatment you are receiving. Same message as for a diabetic without mental health problems, "Stay involved in your own health decisions"

2009-03-01 05:48:32 -0600 Report

I have suffered from major panic attacks for years. Many years before I was diagnosed with diabetes. You're exactly right, they are two different animals. I have taken Klonipin for years for the panic, however, my doctor added a new medicine about a year ago that caused severe problems. Please, everybody, don't be stupid like me, research your new medicine before you even get that script filled or much less swallow the first pill. I learned the hard way, but I just assumed FDA meant safe, and it definitely does not. Best of luck to you, Angie

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momwith juvie 2009-02-28 17:08:57 -0600 Report

I agree with son hand mental issues before the diabetes and they changed when he was diagnosed.the problem is getting the doc to coop together so the meds dont mess with his diabetes.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-28 17:26:17 -0600 Report

I know from problems experienced within my own family that getting doctors to cooperate and work together can often present a real challenge. That's when we really have to take charge and insist that things get done, and get done right. I hope you're able to get his doctors on board and working together.

Sammy7 2009-03-01 12:15:15 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, doctors do not have the time to understand our emotional component.Our mind is who we are. A lifestyle coach specialized in diabetes can show you how to make your own best decision. When you come with the best solution, the chances for implementation improve dramatically. Staying on course is always the best route. Only you know what is best for you.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-28 17:03:10 -0600 Report

A really good point. Each of us deals with a variety of issues in our lives, and we all have our own ways of dealing (or not dealing). It is definitely necessary to get the appropriate help if and when it's needed. Our physical and mental health certainly go hand in hand in determining our overall health, but they need individualized and specific attention. It's a vicious circle, and you have to treat both in order to get control and enjoy good health - or at least improved health.

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