Diabetics with Depression


Diabetics with Depression

any diabetics who also suffer from the terrible disease of depression....this is the place where we can all help each other! If you need help now, DIAL 911

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If you need help now, DIAL 911

If you need someone to talk to, check out the Phone Numbers at Suicide Hotlines, United States Hotlines, and International Hotlines

If you are not in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide, but need someone to talk with about your suicidal feelings, please do not hesitate to call one of the following national suicide prevention lines:

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

You may call these suicide prevention numbers from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day. People are waiting to help you. Call a suicide prevention number right now if you need to. And always remember that it is never okay to act on your thoughts of suicide. Never. Again, call a suicide prevention number now if you need to.

Never act on your thoughts of suicide.

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Sleep Anyone?

Started by Carly. Last reply by tounyoubyou on Wednesday. 3 Replies


Started by Rashard. Last reply by tounyoubyou on Wednesday. 6 Replies

Books for Depression

Started by Craig Le Fevre. Last reply by JaninaWalker Feb 5. 3 Replies

I really want to kill myself

Started by mystery rose. Last reply by Linda G Nov 12, 2013. 21 Replies

Emotional Exercise.

Started by Judith. Last reply by Coliath Aug 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Difficulty with feeling like a failure...

Started by pastrygurl. Last reply by pastrygurl Aug 22, 2013. 9 Replies

Sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Started by Hannah Hamlin. Last reply by Juice21 Aug 13, 2013. 8 Replies

My life-----Help

Started by Melissa Brach. Last reply by Buffy Joseph Apr 27, 2013. 7 Replies

i hate this

Started by rayray. Last reply by rayray Apr 24, 2013. 4 Replies

Hey Everyone! I need some help.

Started by Hanbanan. Last reply by rayray Apr 21, 2013. 3 Replies

and 12 steps too

Started by Greg Ascher. Last reply by Baby Peanut Feb 14, 2013. 3 Replies


Started by Carly. Last reply by Carly Dec 3, 2012. 2 Replies

Is it wrong to want to start back on Prozac?

Started by PJ. Last reply by Natalie ._c- Nov 17, 2012. 8 Replies

depression comes from low carb diet and/or lack of estrogen?

Started by yumbittersugar. Last reply by yumbittersugar Oct 30, 2012. 8 Replies

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Comment by Buffy Joseph on May 17, 2011 at 10:12pm
Jan, I'm glad you got out for a walk (even if it didn't help) and especially glad you managed to Skype with someone who understands what you are going through. It does take awhile to adjust to having diabetes (both physically & mentally), so give yourself some time to do so.

Lynn, your last sentence says it all "You are not alone". Thanks for sharing your understanding with Jan.

Judith, good for you for plodding when you have to. I have never been suicidal (I just have no energy to do anything, or I have panic attacks), but I think it takes a lot of strength to keep going when you feel that way.

Not related to depression or diabetes: I've started biking this spring. I go very slowly, and a friend said she considers that she runs on "turtle power". I decided that must mean I run on "snail power". I'm pretty darn slow. :)
Comment by Lynn V on May 17, 2011 at 7:30pm
I also live alone & had to deal with depression diabetes & job loss. I lost my job after being diagnosed with depression so can really understand what you are going through. Is there a friend you can call got all to? I find it helpful to do that, often times we would talk about other things to that were not related to this, it helped. You are not alone.
Comment by Jan on May 17, 2011 at 6:59pm
Buffy and Petite, these were such nice messages! I appreciate your quick replies, and the fact that you're out there.

I actually did take a moderate walk this afternoon, but it didn't seem to have much of an effect. Had a Skype call with someone else from TuDiabetes, and she said that once she went on a pump, it helped her depression enormously. That's something to look forward to.

I've had clinical depression my whole life. As time goes on, I've little by little had to up my meds. The current ones were working fine, then I was hit with diabetes (I'm just four months old). I know that DM affects all your hormones, including the neurotransmitters in your brain. God, just what I needed. (Not!!)

Right now I'm trying to live through a triple-whammy: adjust to the diabetes while I'm living alone and not working. All three can contribute to depression...
Comment by Petite Fleur on May 17, 2011 at 6:52pm
I'm 65 and have dealt with depression since I was a young teenager, maybe longer. Since I also have autoimmune disease that began about the same time, I have come to realize that the depression is simply a chemical imbalance in my brain. Yes, my blood sugars affect my mood: high = depression and lethargy; too low = anxiety and panic.

Finally, at least I have found the right combination of meds for the depression. Now, if I could just get the diabetes under control! :-) Anyway, my message is, don't give up. Never think the downs are permanent. And avoid making any life-changing decisions when you are in one. God bless!
Comment by Buffy Joseph on May 17, 2011 at 6:51pm
Jan, I am so sorry to hear this. I know exactly what you mean. Do things tend to be better for you in the morning, or not? If so, maybe you should just give yourself a break for today & wait for tomorrow. If not, what are some other things that have helped in the past? Can you take a walk? Do just one thing, and congratulate yourself for that? Think up some positives about yourself now? Talk to a friend? Hope something helps.
Comment by Jan on May 17, 2011 at 6:38pm
Ohhh, having a bad day and can't snap out of it. The feelings of self-worth I used to have seem so completely out of reach these days. It's hard to get anything done at all...
Comment by Melanie Hofmann on April 23, 2011 at 3:28pm
Below is some info about TMS. I have both type 1 diabetes and hepatitis C, so many antidepressant medications are not a good idea for me to take since I have developed elevated liver enzymes from taking them. They also have had unbearable side effects in some cases in addition to just not working for me. Glad they do work for so many others!

The NeuroStar TMS Therapy® system is the first and only non-systemic and non-invasive TMS system cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with major depression who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.* The NeuroStar® TMS system uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field to stimulate function in targeted brain regions.
Comment by Zolar1 on April 23, 2011 at 12:17am
Sometimes, blood sugars often affect depression. I know that when mine are elevated (180+) for extended periods, my depression (the rage part) escalates.
Diabetes is no fun for anybody. Too bad I can't provide you with a solution for your problem.

TMS = https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Tension_myositis_syn...

Perhaps a bubble mat might be of use?
Comment by Natalie ._c- on April 22, 2011 at 7:34pm
Melanie, I'm so sorry you're suffering. But I don't know what TMS is, so can't comment! For me, the only things that have helped with depression are: 1) antidepressant to stop the suicidal thoughts, 2) psychologist for therapy to talk and cry about my feelings, and 3) just plain waiting it out. It always gets better, in my experience, but it may take a LONG time. For me, up to a year (although I know that is not encouraging). Please do let me know what TMS is. And I'm hoping you'll feel better soon!
Comment by Melanie Hofmann on April 22, 2011 at 6:01pm
I have tried many different types of medication and therapy to treat my depression. I am currently hoping that my insurance will cover a course of treatment with TMS. Has anybody tried that?

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