By snoo76 Latest Reply 2010-12-07 12:08:41 -0600
Started 2010-12-06 21:53:35 -0600

Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving

Lately my sugar levels have been much higher then I would like, I have been going through a stressfull and sometimes depressing times the last couple of months concerning my Autistic Son, he has been living a group home since he was 8, he is now 28 he is very happy there but we have had a problem the last couple of months , it seems to be resolved, but I have been very depressed and had a lot of anxiety and I haven't been eating well and sometimes forget to take my medication. Can anyone tell me how to deal with the Diabetes while being depressed and having great anxiety. How do you keep your Diabetes in Check

Thanks for Listening

Val (Snoo 76)

5 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-12-07 12:08:41 -0600 Report

Hi Val!

When I read the word "emotions" I had to jump in. Emotions r us!

I am not a physician but i have learned from my clients with diabetes that there is a connection between blood sugar levels and emotions. Actually, a vicious cycle. If you aren't eating well, your blood sugar is of course going to be negative affected. And the ups and downs of your blood sugar can also cause emotional ups and downs. So I hope you are working closely with your doctor and letting him/her know what's going on.

But there is of course another issue here, and that is your depressiona and anxiety. For a mother, there are few things more stressful than having a child who is experiencing difficulty, regardless of the child's age. This is taking a toll on you, as it naturally would.

I would encourage you to seek mental health-related treatment to help you get through this. You might want to talk to a counselor about what's going on in your life, and see if you can work together to develop some ways to cope with the situation with your son. You might also want to talk to your doctor about how you are doing emotionally and see if he/she has any suggestions. I hope you will take the next step and reach out!

You are a good mother, but the situation with your son has taken a toll on your emotions. Now it's time to take care of yourself as well. If you are there for yourself, you can also be there for others.

You are on my mind! Stick close with your friends on Diabetic Connect! Keep us posted!

realsis77 2010-12-07 11:14:24 -0600 Report

Hello. I also have depression. I try and make it a routine. I always take my shots around the same time daily and try to test on a schedule. I tell myself that this must be done because the results of diabetes let out of control can lead to blindness, loss of limbs kidney failure ect. So I always remind myself of that. It seems to work well if I schedule things. As for my eating I do try and do well but if I slip up and raise I use my insulin to bring it down immeditaly. Its tough going through depression and diabetes at the same time but you can do it! You must do it for yourself and family. Believe me I understand depression! I just got put on two new antidepressants that are working well! Don't be afraid to change your antidepressant if its not workng for you! Ask your doctor for help! I've found prestique to be a very good choice for me but I've went through about five before I found what works for me! If your not on an antidepressant talk to your doctor abut starting one! You will be suprised on how much better you will feel when you get the correct antidepressant! I really think this will help you. Its helped me so much and makes taking care of my diabetes a lot easier too! I think you would benifit . I did and once you feel better its much easier to care for your diabetes! Id make a doctors app. Soon! Remember don't settle for feeling badly there are soo many different antidepressents out there find the one that works for you! Your doctor will work with you in finding the correct one.this will be a positive first step in taking care of yourself and you will be glad you did because it will help your depression greatly and then you will deal better with your diabetes! Good luck. This advice worked for me. I hope you feel better soon and take that first step so you will feel better and call your doctor! Best wishes

jeffrey9127 2010-12-07 10:13:58 -0600 Report

Hello Val, Maybe you should share with your Dr. about what is going on in your life and how you are feeling. I am sure he will know how to help you. I know I have had times that have been tough, with, I thought no where to go. I have talked to my Dr. and it helped a lot. Let us know how you are. I will pray for you.

Harlen 2010-12-07 09:53:28 -0600 Report

I feel for you and know what your going thrue ben there and doing that .
She lives with me now but that will end someday and just getting thrue the day to day things is hard
I fix the things I can and the the ones that I can not fix I just got to let it go and that is hard so hard I have the biggest time giving up on things but like life I will get thrue this aswell.
Best wishes and know we are here for you

GabbyPA 2010-12-07 08:29:53 -0600 Report

Having someone to talk to in times like that are some of the best things. I was going through some caregiver woes for a while, still am, but talking to others really helped me feel better about things. It's not easy but taking control of one thing at a time helps. I am doing a "no popcorn" challenge with one of the members here and we are trying to not eat any popcorn through the holidays. It is a small step, but for me, corn is a big no-no. So it is helping.

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