Diabetes and Depression

By Mike4009 Latest Reply 2015-01-12 21:11:38 -0600
Started 2015-01-06 19:15:56 -0600

For some strange reason my depression, anger, and PTSD seems to run with my blood sugar. If I stay within normal ranges (90-130) my depression seems to not effect my mood. The higher my blood sugars the more depressed and irritated I get. This will also indicate a shorter fuse when it comes to anger management. Since being placed on an insulin pump the depression, anger, and PTSD are less often which of course pleases everyone around me. Why is this and what can be done to keep the depression, anger and PTSD in tact so that if I have a high or low they are not effected?

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Grandmama16 2015-01-12 21:11:38 -0600 Report

I'm type 2 so no pump or insulin at all but Do have depression but am on Cymbalta for it and fibromyalgia and never thought BG levels would affect it. Mine are never low despite 2000 mgs of Metformin a day. I try to watch carbs. My morning has been 130's and eve close to or above 200. I do not over eat but also am not active. Depression and fibro robs me of energy. Nuvigil helps but leaves me with irritation. Can't win I guess.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-07 00:23:12 -0600 Report

I wish I could answer your question of what can be done to keep the depression, anger and PTSD in tact so it is not effected by the highs and lows. I have bipolar depression, PTSD and anger issues as well, and when I was not treating my diabetes, for the first 4 1/2 years of diagnosis I was in a very deep depression, I was running mostly high numbers like in 3 and 4 hundreds. Now that I am taking control of my diabetes I do not have the highs any more but i do have the occasional lows, and wow, my lows bring me very low emotionally, and can shorten my anger fuse. I recently lost a good friend of almost 30 years because of a low that I didn't recognize, until too late, and i was short tempered with her. (OK i was a real B with her).
Basically, what I am trying to say is, it's not in your head, the levels of your blood sugar do affect your moods definitely. Your not alone, the best thing you can do is try to keep your sugar as level as possible. Best of luck to you and if you ever want to talk, message me I'm here to talk. HUGS, Heidi

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