TuDiabetes Chatroom Discussion: Diabetes and Depression

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TuDiabetes Chatroom Discussion: Diabetes and Depression

Time: April 2, 2014 from 11am to 12pm
Location: TuDiabetes chatroom
Website or Map: http://www.tudiabetes.org/chat
Event Type: chatroom discussion, tud chat
Organized By: Emily Coles and the TuDiabetes Volunteers
Latest Activity: May 15, 2014

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11am pacific

2pm eastern

7pm GMT

Studies indicate that depression is more common among people with diabetes than the general population.  Have you ever felt depressed?  Was it related to diabetes?  What, if anything, did you do about it, and did it help?

A few weeks ago we hosted a live interview on the TuDiabetes homepage with Dr. Alan Jacobson about diabetes and depression (watch the recording of it here).  This event was incredibly well-attended by our community, so it's clearly a topic of interest.  Let's talk about it!

We will be joined for this chat by Scott Strange, blogger at StrangelyDiabetic and a member of the Diabetes Advocates.


Join us in the chatroom for a community discussion about diabetes and depression.

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Comment by Mick48 on May 15, 2014 at 4:55am
Yes I find my self very depress I'm on spacial medication we don't now how bed is
Comment by Dickory on April 2, 2014 at 9:40am

Hi all. I have just scrolled through a few of the comments. Not sure about the time difference etc. Depression - YES! Especially with poor control. This is a chronic 'situation' - for now, and I can relate to feeling depressed over 'it'. Good/better control, medication, and a support team, which includes an EXCELLENT Psychologist, makes the world a BETTER place!

Comment by Marie B on April 2, 2014 at 6:18am

Judith, Dan, Marina, and everyone. I really struggle with depression. You're so right, it's like trying to describe a low bg to someone who's never experienced one. My mom used to tell me to "snap out of it". gee thanks, I never knew you could just flip a switch.

I'm glad we can have this chat. I'll be there. If anyone wants to ask a question anonymously, message me or Emily and we'll make sure it gets asked.

Comment by danmdphd on April 1, 2014 at 4:40pm
I am so happy to have found this chat. Before I was diagnosed with type one, i had struggled with depression. Once i was diagnosed, it all spiraled out of control. I began abusing xanax and marijuana. I am no longer abusing xanax but i drink and smoke pot around once or twice a week. Anyways, this disease has completely sucked the life out of me. I used to be so entrepreneurial and always had a desire to succeed. This desire has shrunk down to a molecule because of diabetes. My favorite part of the day is sleeping now and it really has been since i was diagnosed. I dont want to commit suicide, but i wish i just was not alive any longer. Everyone around me is doing so well and making it big while I am working a job i hate and cant wait until the day is over, every single goddamn day. I am at my wits end and simply dont know what to do any longer. Please, help.
Comment by E-J Ohler on April 1, 2014 at 7:24am

Marina you are right and I don't mean to put anybody down for how they might feel. All I was saying I never experienced that after dealing with it for over 45 years as I don't over think it. I deal with it from day to day. Am I depressed because I had a Hypo that we needed to call the EMT for a couple of weeks ago. NO it happened, I feel bad for my wife having to deal with it, but it happened it is over it is past time.
They haven't figured out for a century now after the discovery of insulin how to handle this disease as every person act and reacts differently to its control.

Comment by MarinaTheBetes on April 1, 2014 at 6:48am

E-J, depression is a sickness the way diabetes is: it is literally a physical state of being as well as psychological and emotional. The latest research shows that the brain physically changes when depression occurs-- the brains' *synapse (i think thats the part) physically disconnects, which brings about the absolutely awful state of depression.
(source: http://www.hulu.com/watch/366103 Charlie Rose on depression)
So, though I commend you for looking at the bright side, as that is definitely a very necessary skill in and of itself (we choose our own happiness after all, when we are able)
saying that in a context of a dialogue on depression only brings shame into the conversation-- as if, if only the depressed person could look at the bright side, then all would leave.
that just isn't how depression works. It is hard to describe to someone who hasn't experienced it, similarly to how a low blood sugar is difficult to communicate to those who've never felt one.
I hope this isn't being read as hostile, it isn't written as such.
There is a big taboo and misunderstanding in our culture on depression. And it does not help nor serve the people who are deeply hurting from it.
love and light.

Comment by E-J Ohler on April 1, 2014 at 6:12am

never felt depressed B-4 or after diagnosed, but that is my disposition I have always looked at the bright side and never look at the dark side doesn't do you any good.

Comment by keith on March 31, 2014 at 2:09pm

Interesting, for a long time every time I visited the clinic was asked if I was depressed. Huh? Finally had to ask if I was supposed to be. Ahh, then I began to notice that depression is abit more common with diabetics. Perhaps they were doing research for someone since they're no longer asking.

Comment by lowglycemichappyman on March 31, 2014 at 12:45pm

Ummm, if its 1 am eastern then it noon Central. I can't attend. I'm getting divorced exactly at that time. Amicable. My Depression remedy: Wellbutrin and keeping BS levels under control.LGHM

Comment by lowglycemichappyman on March 31, 2014 at 12:42pm

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