how does diabetes affect mental health

hag - 20881
By hag - 20881 Latest Reply 2008-12-15 11:09:10 -0600
Started 2008-08-22 09:58:27 -0500

i seem more moody and agrovated more easley then before

12 replies

Goddess 2008-08-25 14:45:48 -0500 Report

I also have both diseases. I go to an endo. for my diabetes. A psychiatrist and therapist for the depression.

beauty416 2008-08-25 10:02:31 -0500 Report

mental health and diabetes is two diseases that I have and I have a lot of mood swings and a lot of wrong thoughts. To anybody that has both these diseases listen to your doctors and do what they tell you to do and you will be fine. If you find yourself in a situation that you don't understand ask for help.

DonnaAnn 2008-08-23 23:22:57 -0500 Report

Like with most illeness, you probably have a touch of depression. But, if you read up on diabetes and talk to people, like the people here, it will ease you. Diabetes affects your moods because of your sugar levels. Many of my friends and family know that if I start to get tired or irratable all of a sudden, its time to check my sugar. These really are signs of blood sugar. So, check your sugar when you get moody and see if that is the problem.

kressandrew@HOTMAIL.COM 2008-08-24 01:48:49 -0500 Report

If Diabetes and Depression are a problem in my family, what signs should I be looking for since I am in my 30's? I due have depression issues, not as bad as my dad had; and I am starting to notice ankle and foot pain, I call them tired feet.

I have started to eat alot better, cut way down on alcohol, but I drink to much mtn dew. Could this be causing poor circulation? My depression issues are better than they have been in my entire life, but it seems my tired feet has not gotten any better.


GabbyPA 2008-08-24 02:45:22 -0500 Report

Hi Andrew,

Your feet issues warrant being checked out. Pain in my feet is what prompted me to check my blood sugar levels and I got a wake up call. Unfortunately, by the time your feet are giving you trouble, you have had sugar issues for a while IF that turns out to be your cause. I would check that out ASAP.
I would ditch the soda all together. It was hard for my family to give up, but we did it. (and it saves us a LOT of money!) We don't drink diet sodas either because of the aspertame and splenda that is in them.
If diabetes runs in your family, the sooner you take charge and work to prevent it or slow it down the better. I wish I had someone to push me to listen to this kind of advice. I am 46 and now have type 2. If I had followed a better lifestyle plan earlier in life, perhaps I could have avoided it all together.

kressandrew@HOTMAIL.COM 2008-08-24 09:32:55 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. I'll get a doc appt schuduled for a screening. Maybe I'll get lucky. Realistically hopefully I can delay the inevitable. It's really cool that technology like the internet can be such a great communication and knowledge tool.
thx, andrew

GabbyPA 2008-08-24 13:35:23 -0500 Report

My pleasure. Let us know how it goes and if you want any help figuring out what to do next, just pop in a discussion, we are always here to help.

Goddess 2008-08-23 20:52:28 -0500 Report

I have had depression for a long time. My shrink prescribed some medicine. It works at times.

Lanore 2008-08-23 12:19:31 -0500 Report

Hi Hag,
I can tell you that my hubby will say that I am moody as well. I get very cranky at right before it is time to eat as well. Like Gabby said it is so hard to keep everything line and in the right order, I have been diabetic for 20 years and still learn new ways of doing things everyday. yeah, I think we all get moody and yes, depression goes along with this disease as well. Talk to your Dr about it, that may help you. We are here to support you as well. Take care. Lanore :- )

GabbyPA 2008-08-23 11:43:12 -0500 Report

Just as Robert is saying it is all very hard to deal with in the begining. Do this, DON'T do that. EAT those, but AVOID other things...test, test, test. It took me a while to find my groove, and get out of my funk of being new to the whole thing. Mad that I had diabetes and mad at myself for not doing better to avoid it.
What I have found is that if I keep a positive attitude it helps so much. I have my mood swings, just ask my sucks. Some days I just feel down and tired. I allow myself to sleep extra once in a while. I have to say I am sorry to someone that I snap at. But I refuse to let it become the controlling factor for me.
I find that when my sugar is high, I am more moody. When I have better contorl and less roller coasting of highs and lows, I tend to be lees moody...usually LOL.
I lived my life without the disease just fine, and now that I know I have it (but probably had it for quite a while before I found out) Now I can live a better life. I have the incentive to eat healthier, to exercise more, to be mindful of what I am doing and what my body is telling me every day.
I know a lot of people suffer depression once diagnosed. I know that often it is not a mind over matter thing. BUT...keeping positive will make things in all parts of your life easier. And when people tell me that I am not being realistic in my views...I just tell them who is to say what reality is. If my life is happy, then why would I want that depressing reality people insist I live in?? NO WAY!
Now, I am not saying ignore signs that it might be something serious and something you should talk to a doctor about. BUT, make sure you exhaust all your options before medication becomes your alli...because it is not such a good friend.
Surround yourself with positive people. Negative people don't really have big roles in my life. I don't need that kind of junk, either do you.
This site it full of uplifting people who really do care, who really do want to help and who really are cheerful in the face of adversity. There are some who are not, but unlike many other sites I have visited...we are a postive force to be reconed with. I hope you will join us. And when you fall down, we will be here to pick you back up.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-08-23 09:25:22 -0500 Report

I don't know how long you have been Diabetic. But if recent It can be overwhelming to someone. It is a total life change,and I myself was ignorant as to what Diabetes was,Ican say that I had mood swings, and depression, So much to learn,and try and understand.But fortunionetly You found this site,and you will find alot of good Ideas,alot of people who will offer good advise and friendship and some will cheer you up. the more you get involved you will learn how to handle thing that seemed stressful yesterday aren't quite so bad today.Your mental health will play a major part in how you face this diease, don't let it win, ask your friends for help they will respond. they will have you walking on the sunnyside of the street.I feel for you Robert

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