Seeking information about diabetes and depression

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   Posted 11/30/2005 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I am making another post requesting information on anyone who would like to share their stories of coping with diabetes and depression. I am curious as to whether diabetes seems to be the cause of depression in some cases and what the coping strategies are that people use to deal with this. Does diabetes self-care or lack-of have anything to do with depression? Any information will be helpful! I can also be emailed at  Thank you!

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   Posted 11/30/2005 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Southern B,

In my post to the newbies I said:

"Don't be surprized if you go through a period of mourning before you finally get a handle on this disease. I have found that most of us go through the grief process before we finally get to the point of accepting and living with our diabetes. There is a website about coping with a new health concern that I found especially helpful. I understood a lot about my diabetes, had been educated in nursing school, took nutrition classes and 'learned' a lot of stuff about the disease. It wasn't until I started on insulin and had to get a medic alert bracelet for my own safety that the whole thing came home to roost in my brain. I wear the bracelet 24/7 and it's a constant reminder to keep myself in line."

I also have something called Seasonal Affected Disorder (S.A.D.) which makes me more depressed in the short light/winter months. I use a "Happy LITE" which supplements the amount of light I receive during the day. And before I was diagnosed with S.A.D. I was being treated for chronic depression and was placed on SSRI medication.

Although my diabetes diagnosis kind of threw me for a loop, I didn't suffer any long term depression from it. It took me a while to learn all the ins and outs of carbs and blood sugar control then I accepted it along with some of my other chronic conditions as a fact of aging and life. I know that I will probably die of complications of diabetes if I don't get hit by a bus or get cancer. I have accepted that fact. Actually, I guess because I have accepted the fact that I shall die someday (something that people in our culture tend to deny or ignore), diabetes is not such a big deal. I don't want to become a burden to my family and would not like to go blind so I try to keep my sugars in check, but I don't feel depressed about my diabetes. I feel that there are many others out there with much larger problems that are not as treatable.

Don't know if this will help you but it's my 2ยข.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn

"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 11/29/2005 11:16:22 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/7/2005 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
hi. i am a type 1 diabetic. and i would also like some information if you find some good stuff about that. thanks. my email is thanks agian.
          Love in Christ,

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   Posted 12/7/2005 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
hello. I think that every diabetic goes through a mourning period and gets depressed, but usually excepts their disease and moves on. In my case I was too young to remember getting this disease but other factors in my life have made me depressed so I figure that I dont care about taking care of my disease or anything that happens to me because what has happened to me. I'd like to be well and not depressed so I can deal with getting on with the rest of my life, but I don't trust many people especially doctors, so I avoid them at all costs.let me know if you find something to help with depression.Thanks.
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