I'm learning all kinds of goodies in this forum since I joined a few weeks ago. Now this one, diabetes and depression.....who knew? I didn't. I've never been so low or down in all of my life, but I attributed it to this new medicine I'm on for my neuropathy (topamax). For a while there, I thought I was losing my mind. I really do think it's both though. I've never been this down, ever. I'm sleeping 14 to 18 hrs a day. When I'm awake I'm staring at things for hours on end. I'm hanging on for my doc appt on Friday. And I'm going to ask for a pscyh (sp?) referral. Moved here few years ago and don't know anyone.
Now here's a silly question, so pls don't laugh. Is there a medical test to show you are depressed? Like a blood test or another lab test? Is there a chemical imbalance? How does a stranger who has never met you before know if you are or are not depressed? OK, I heard somebody snicker.......
Wow... it looks like my therapist was right (as usual). This is amazing. Of course it's the old chicken and the egg debate... in my case the depression reared its head first, but then again, I'm sure the diabetes was hiding there all along. I guess I was predisposed to both... I have learned to deal with the depression with the help of my meds, but it's always there... the diabetes is a new dragon to fight. Thanks to all the support here, I can handle that too.
Thank you all for being here for me! ((((((((Hugs))))))))))),
Nothing's too personal for my family ! I'm on Lexapro... have been for about 2-1/2 years now. I have to adjust the dosage up and down from time to time. I don't want to rock the boat and won't change antidepressants, at least not without a really big change in my mental state.... My best friend who is diabetic tried the Lexapro and hated it... they put her on Cymbalta and she loves it. If I ever have to change again, that would be the one I would like to try.
She didn't say.... maybe she had some side effects... but she gave me her leftovers , so that was nice. I'll ask her next time I talk with her. All the others I tried gave me side effects, but the Lexapro is fine for me.
Sounds like me Granny, LOL! I have more than I want to count... but hey we have to stick together!
I'm glad you've joined us! This is a great forum with lots of support. I'm on Lexapro also, and I tried the Wellbutrin for a while but it made me too hyper, so I stopped that one. I agree it's good to talk about our depression. I don't tell everyone but I'm really glad that I found my therapist, it has really helped me a lot.
Hope you'll stay with us!
I had depression before I was diagonsed type 2. I was talking to my GP, a wonderful woman who actually scheduled a one hour first appointment with me and went through all my records (that's never happened again with any other doctor).
I love ice in my drinks, summer or winter. She diagnosed depression when I told her I didn't have the desire to refill the ice trays even though the sink is less than two feet from the fridge. I'd rather go without ice that take the two seconds to refill the trays. I've been on various meds since then. Zoloft was the first, but it left me undepressed, but unmotivated also. Now I take Wellbutrin, but I can only take 1/2 of the dose because it gives me twitches.
Nothing like having a heated discussion with the boss and having your head twitch involuntarily!! I'm retired now and have an ice maker!!
I wish I had known about depression long before I was diagnosed. I basically spent all my daughter's childhood sitting on the couch and letting my DH do all the things kids like to do. I think it's hard to talk about it, even to your doctor, but I do think that doctors are much more tuned into mental health issues than a decade ago.