em>em>I think depression is one of those things like anger where u have a choice to dwell in it or do something about it. Self will is much stronger than you know and I believe people who are angry, bitter, or depressed are exactly where they want to be. I know for myself I tell people I am not ready to be happy because I know ultimately I have the power to change that.wrote Rye.
I agree, Rye.But I did not have all that "Power to change" all by myself...My rock and my fortress is the Lord; and I have only been able to change negative, self-defeating perceptions with HIS help.
Yes, I used to suffer from anxiety, bipolar disorder, and suicidal ideations. I believe that bad, since- childhood assumptions about my self-worth had a lot to do with it. And being a diabetic on insulin, pre-MDI, pre meter, who did not know that blood sugar swings cause variable moods; did not help. As I learned to take care of myself wih the newer technology and my refound faith, I have NOT suffered from such disorders in many years. I am still intelligent and "fearfully and wonderfully made", diabetes or not. AS ARE WE ALL
So much for the study.
Exactly Brunetta! You chose faith, such as myself but whether its faith, psychologist, children, work, reading or whatever it is to assist you to overcome any mental issue the first step is wanting to change. Then acting on it. I think sometimes its just easier to shine a light on something else as being the only source of our issues becuz then we don't have to do the work. Diabetes itself has never altered my mood however I know insulin and vitamin d deficiency has but I try to catch my mood swings if one decides to pop out, lol
Well, I know I've only had this for three and a half years, but I've not seen any increase in my depression. I've had mood swings all my life, but mild ones, nothing really bad, and usually marked by a triggering incident of some sort. For example, in the past month my mood has been down, which I attribute to the fact that my sister had her baby, he lived five days, and then he died--hospitals are inherantly depressing. As far as I'm aware, that depression was not made worse by the fact I have diabetes.
I do recognise that there is such a thing as clinical depression, which tends to follow a cycle of chemical changes rather than inciting incidents in a person's life. The hormonal changes that are an integral part of life with diabetes can upset the chemical balance of a person's body, leading to clinical depression. Perhaps glutamate is a factor in that change. I'm not in the medical field--I don't know. All I know is I have never had clinical depression as far as I'm aware.
I don't think I've seen any drop in cognitive function in the past three and a half years. In fact, this semester, I took 4 graduate level classes. Despite our hospital drama, I completed all my work and final, receiving 3 As and 1 A+, which maintains the 4.0 that I've had throughout grad school. In the feedback for my semester paper, my teacher said that it was "so well written it was almost scary." As far as I'm aware, my academic preformance has absolutely nothing to do with the diabetes.
I think that after some further study, the researchers are going to discover that this particular conclusion is seriously flawed.
Many Doctors will do almost anything to get published and this is just one more example. I also think Doctors or any other professional should be held accountable for publishing information that can have a profound impact on society.
I have had Diabetes for most of my adult life, yes there are times when I feel like the whole world is standing on my shoulders. My life has been good and I have accomplished everything on my list. I have a wife, children, own a business, and have grand children, I'm and engineer and have patented many products used in the field of my expertise. I have also employed thousands of individuals and have found no reason to believe PWD's have a lower cognitive function but I do have a soft spot in my heart for fellow PWD's and have had many work for me including floor sweepers, sales managers and even a personal assistant...they all did a great job.
There will always be someone out there ready to throw PWD's under the bus.