Depression With Diabetes

Kristina A
By Kristina A Latest Reply 2014-08-16 09:55:54 -0500
Started 2014-08-15 14:52:49 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 13 years old. Prier to this I was already depressed due to family issues, these combined have been a constant battle till this day. I am now 16, going to be 17 in January (3 years later) i have a history of not checking my b.s & overall neglecting care for myself. I was just in a program for chronic illness and I learned a lot about diabetes & feel hopeful for controlling my b.s and keeping my a1c down (was 12 but a month and a half in the program It is now 8.7). I just can't shake off the sadness for my illness. I'm the only teenager i know with diabetes & it really bothers me. Does anyone have any suggestions to help have a different outlook on diabetes? How did you cope when you were diagnosed? Thank you xx

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wraithmb 2014-08-16 09:55:54 -0500 Report

I've personally been a PWD since just before my 11th birthday. It really is tough, and that led to me slacking off on caring for myself for a number of years. I think I can safely say I'm back to looking after myself.

One of my favorite ways to stay positive is calling myself a PWD. I read on here while I was getting back on track (it might have actually been from James now that I think of it) about not liking the word "diabetic" because you are identifying yourself with the disease. The person instead chose to use PWD - person with diabetes. It's a choice I now make as well, and have started correcting other people on as well. We wouldn't dare refer to a cancer patient as a canceric, would we? Lol

Another thing that helps is talking. If you're having a bad day, and you sugars are being a pain in the butt, it's great to vent to someone that knows how it is. I think I can safely speak for most, if not everyone here when I say we are willing to listen whenever you need.

Other things I like to do to sat positive (and healthy) are take my dog for a walk, fix stuff, go fishing with my kids, minecraft (although I may be a bit old for games, but who cares). My family and I even have a camping trip planned in a few weeks! Being a PWD shouldn't keep you from having fun. Plan ahead, be safe and keep your blood test machine and some sugar with you. I like carrying dex tabs with me, just because they are always there. They aren't something that you, or others, aren't very likely to snack on.

Now if you're finding that it doesn't matter what you do, you just can't seem to cheer up, that could be something to talk to your doctor about. I would suggest doing it sooner rather than later too. Depression and chronic illness go hand-in-hand, and quite often even the toughest of us need a bit of a hand with it. Whether it's from a counsellor or a pill, there is NO shame in having some help. Anyone that's ever taken Meds for an. "Emotional imbalance" will tell you that the rumors most definately are not true. I have a friend who was recently put on antidepressants, and for a guy that was thinking of… The S word… He's a pretty happy and normal guy now,3 months later. It's great for me and the rest of his friends too. We've got or friend back after years of feeling like he's lost.

GabbyPA 2014-08-16 05:36:04 -0500 Report

Being a teen is hard enough and having to be that responsible makes it harder. But there are great advantages to learning that responsibility at a young age. Responsibility doesn't have to equate not being able to do what you want, it allows you the freedom to do what you want. Choosing what you want may be the trick.

What are your favorite things to do? As a teen, I know hanging out with my friends, going roller skating every Friday night and camping with my family were the things I enjoyed the most. I was not diabetic, but being diabetic should not stop anyone from doing what makes you happy.

Pick a few things that make you really happy and maybe focus on doing those? Perhaps you quit doing something because you were afraid or self conscious or just didn't know what to expect? Make a plan, keep in mind some safety, then go and have fun. Do something that makes you laugh and smile.

jayabee52 2014-08-15 20:32:27 -0500 Report

Howdy Kristina
Welcome to DC!
There are a lot of young people with diabetes here, so make friends with whoever you find which fits that description. Almost to a person, the young T1s express the same thought as you

i want you to realize that you are NOT alone in this disease, and that you can live a long and healthy life. As an example I cite one of our DC members who has had T1 some 60+ yrs and only now at his late stage in life is developing some minor Diabetes related complications. You can look him up and friend, and get to know him here ~
Praying this has been helpful

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