Mental Illness or Diabetic Warning

Kittiebitty
By Kittiebitty Latest Reply 2017-03-17 13:40:46 -0500
Started 2017-03-10 15:27:15 -0600

As some of you know, I've had some bad doctors when it comes to diabetes- from getting arrested to misdiagnosis. Now another doctor may be added to the list.

I had a traumatic event happen where someone close to me commited suicide. I started to hallucinate the friend a lot. Then my then psychiatrist diagnosed me with PTSD. Do I have PTSD? No, highly unlikely. It was diagnosed diabetes with blood sugar numbers running wild. After talking with other diabetics, hallucinations with both high AND low numbers is not unheard of.

Have any of you hallucinated or had your mind do some weird things with too high or low numbers?


8 replies

Clg4
Clg4 2017-03-17 13:40:46 -0500 Report

I have never hallucinated that I'm aware of, but one time I was at the dinner table with my mother, and sister. As they were eating, I was eating too so I thought, there was nothing on my plate. My mother asked my sister to check my room to see if I had drugs in there or alcohol, my sister told my mom that there was nothing in my room like that. My blood sugar had been 18.

Clg4
Clg4 2017-03-17 13:36:46 -0500 Report

I have never hallucinated that I'm aware of, but one time I was at the dinner table with my mother, and sister. As they were eating, I was eating too so I thought, there was nothing on my plate. My mother asked my sister to check my room to see if I had drugs in there or alcohol, my sister told my mom that there was nothing in my room like that. My blood sugar had been 18.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2017-03-13 18:49:44 -0500 Report

I think my sister, who has had uncontrolled blood sugar on many occasions, has had bouts with some mental health episodes. She also said recently that she's learned that her diabetic med is now being connected with mental health issues.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2017-03-11 09:35:36 -0600 Report

Dr Gary would be a good person to ask this one about both.

The criteria for PTSD is not as clear cut as you would think. In many respects, under the worst case situations diabetes could easily fit I to the PTSD box. Zero problem with a diabetic event (s) being PTSD 101.

As for hallucinations, that's a REAL specific term. Dangerous lows, dangerous highs directly effect the brain chemistry. Too little sugar, various mental abilities disappear entirely as will physical abilities. Talking to invisible people, having serious conversations with pets, stuffed animals, so forth again is basic diabetes baaad stuff. Hand to hand combat, singing naked on the front lawn, spoken face to face with dozens who had all kinds of diabetes sugar stories high/low. Bloodsugar effects both memory and personality. Strangely fragile stuff.

In my experience 99.9 % serious problems are-were low events.

When our sugar is remotely any kind of even sort of normal if you see the people who nobody else does, have the cat telling you stuff using James Earl Jones voice… then the issue is probably not diabetes per se.

Truly sorry to hear about your friend…

Kittiebitty
Kittiebitty 2017-03-12 13:36:16 -0500 Report

Well, we're talking I could have been in the upper 700s and beyond when I was hallucinating. I haven't had it happen again now that my sugars are more controlled. I haven't heard of what happens with extremes with low and high numbers. Thank you for your information.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-03-11 09:07:25 -0600 Report

In my 40 years with diabetes and having experienced many lows and several DKA episodes, I can't say I ever experienced hallucinations. My thinking will get muddled and fuzzy though, and my actions may become less than rational due to very low or very high BG's.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-03-10 20:30:19 -0600 Report

My grandfather sometimes would get his blood glucose out of whack and wouldn't know the people around him not even my grandmother. There have been times he would drive to town from the country and not remember where he was or who he had seen and later in the day when he would come to himself, drive back home not remembering anything about that day. He has got that way and would get mad curse and threw his false teeth into a brick wall and break them. My father was ex military and grandmother would call him to come get his dad while calling for a local doctor. The doctor would come give him a shot and he would come to himself usually not remembering what went on. I also am diabetic and have to take insulin but I have never forgot where I am or what I have done although I have been confused with slow thinking while having low or high blood glucose. I guess it may depend upon the person who has a diabetic problem, or maybe I haven't gotten as bad as my grandfather's was. But Hallucinating , No I haven't had that problem. Drunk feeling shaky sweating ,yes.