By Torrs Latest Reply 2012-01-14 22:05:01 -0600
Started 2010-04-25 11:51:43 -0500

I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 last year. Since then my youngest son was killed. The grief is overwhelming. Would this affect the diabetes? How does one know if one is depressed or not?

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Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2012-01-14 22:05:01 -0600 Report


Here is a link to a post that I wrote awhile back on depression:

If you think that you are feeling depressed, it's really important to reach out for help. Your doctor is a good starting place.

I am so sorry to hear that you lost your son. Grief takes whatever time it takes, and I suspect that you are still dealing with your grief. Have you looked into grief counseling or a grief support group? That could also be helpful.

Stay in touch with your friends her on Diabetic Connect!


redglitter 2010-04-25 17:25:56 -0500 Report

Hi Torrs,
I echo what everyone else has said- depression and stress will upset your diabetes. Also, if you aren't already, I hope you will find a counselor to speak with. It can help you immensely in dealing with your loss. I say this from experience, being in counseling after losing my mother. It really does help. I wish you well.

spiritwalker 2010-04-25 15:14:32 -0500 Report

Depression and stress do affect your readings. Speak with
your Dr. and let him/her help you with this. I am very sorry
you lost your son. My prayers are with you.

Zimoss 2010-04-25 14:14:29 -0500 Report

Yes depression affects diabetes…and diabetes affects your depression.

This is just one more thing we have to deal with, but the good news is that talking to your doctor can help. There are tons of meds they can use if there is a serious problem and they can also make sure your blood sugars are not going out of control due to stress.

Good luck and keep your chin up :)

GabbyPA 2010-04-25 13:02:49 -0500 Report

This same thing happened to my mom. Shortly after she was diagnosed, my brother was killed. It was on the heels of losing my dad only 4 years earlier, so she was in such a state. She talked to her doctor and she is on depression treatment. She can go without it now, but you can tell when she is off her meds, so she is not quite ready to be free of them. So please talk to a medical professional, grief is hard. Loosing a child is the worst. It may not have to be a permanent thing, but it may help you get thru the worst of it.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-25 12:23:22 -0500 Report

Good gosh YES! Depression is a huge factor in controlling your diabetes - and most illnesses, for that matter. I'm so sorry about your loss and know you must be going through horrendous pain. Please seek help from a professional. Talk with your doctor, most definitely, and he may want to put you on some type anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication. I fought having to take something like that for years, while experiencing quite a lot of stress and anxiety. I finally gave in and let my doctor give me the lowest does of a drug (Lexapro, an anti-anxiety med) to help me deal with things. I have to say it works wonderfully for me. Keeps me at a more even level and helps me be less emotional, etc. Don't sit and hurt and make yourself sicker. Get help ASAP. Coming here to talk and get support is a good thing too. There are people here who understand what you're going through and are very loving and caring. May God bless you and comfort you - may he give you the strength to get through this rough time.

MAYS 2010-04-25 12:19:52 -0500 Report

Seek professional medical help in dealing with bouts of serious depression.


Major depression is when a person has five or more symptoms of depression for at least 2 weeks.

These symptoms include feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or pessimistic.

In addition, people with major depression often have behavior changes, such as new eating and sleeping patterns.

Symptoms :

Agitation, restlessness, and irritability
Dramatic change in appetite, often with weight gain or loss
Extreme difficulty concentrating
Fatigue and lack of energy
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt
Inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed (such as sex)
Thoughts of death or suicide
Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping

Depression can appear as anger and discouragement, rather than as feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.

If depression is very severe, there may also be psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions.

These symptoms may focus on themes of guilt, inadequacy, or disease.

Treatment :

Depression can be treated in a variety of ways, particularly with medications and counseling.
Most people benefit from a combination of the two treatments.

Some studies have shown that antidepressant drug therapy combined with psychotherapy has better results than either therapy alone.

Source of this information :


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