Wild Turkey or a good Oregon Pinot for me, Monsieur Rock, but yah, this is a no brainer. Fighting chronic illnesses and depression go hand-in-hand. "Don't need no stupid study to tell me that!!".....
More seriously---valerian, motherwort, st john's wort and a few other things like exercise have helped me over the years.
Oh and my husband's mood-lifting fake puddding made of thick whip cream, coconut cream, a few drops of vanilla and stevia, and dark cocoa with a few squares of Vivani's 85% dark chocolate on the side----depression get lost!
Seriously, this is a question for a psychiatrist. From what I gather, it is far from an exact science. There are plenty of antidepressants available. They just try different ones on you until you feel better. Same as with non-diabetics.
You are a very strong person to deal with all this on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing your story.
Sorry, study or no study.. Diabetics DO NOT have lower cognitive ability in my experience, and, hate to say it, but that is the kind of message that makes us less desiriable as employees, mates, etc. when it hits the news. (Imagine the headlines?)
How many of you have degrees, work at high level jobs, have real long term, lucrative careers? Masters? Any PHDs?
Sorry, but functioning Type 1s are as able as any non-diabetic, and I really do not like the idea that we are lower functioning.
I don't mean to be contrary, but this is hard. The more we propagate the "idea" that we are unable, the more we lose. (Darkness and Type 1--is that even a valid scientific comparison? Who oversaw the study? Who did the peer review?)
Depressed? Why wouldn't we be? I mean, with all our struggles, the fact that we function well in society says a great deal about our courage and determination to succeed in life, and as Type 1s. We all need to be appreciated for what we do.
PLEASE do not accept that your cognitive abilities are affected, or you are automatically depressed as a Type 1.
Oh my. This so worries me. Sorry. We need an outstanding vision of ourselves, and we need to suceed to SHOW them....
I agree. Actually, for what we have to do everyday; calculate, remember, calculate, remember, etc...I always thank god that I'm smart enough to remember to do all this stuff. And, the reality is, most type 1's I've met are extremely bright, educated. I would say, most of the folks on here who post often are highly intelligent, highly functioning folks, myself included. this really bothers me too. I always think, when I'm going into a new doctor for the first time (other then an Endo), they're looking at me like, she's a type 1 diabetic, what a mess..nothing but complications. I don't want that image either.
I agree Spock. Im a case manager with a huge medical system, Im an RN, worked 12 hour shifts in the hospital..lol I don't have TIME to be depressed. Maybe its me...but I mean life is tough sometimes,but its tough for many people diabetic or not...I've chose to deal with it and not let it hold me back. Maybe that has helped me avoid depression because I don't linger on the negative, and maybe diabetics who are depressed would have been depressed regardless.
I really resent a study that says because Im type 1 Im lower functioning, that I have lower level cognitive abilities...try sitting for NCLEX and your CPC examinations, lol I know plenty of NON Diabetics who can't pass them. I passed BOTH on the first try. My NCLEX for my RN I passed with the minimum number of questions possible Tell me again I have lower cognitive abilities??? I graduated at the top of my nursing class. What a crock of baloney.