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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Comment by David Nelson on January 15, 2010 at 2:01pm
have you tried different medications? some have horrible side effects. some have basically no side effects. tried lexapro?
Comment by The Diabetic Welfare Queen on January 15, 2010 at 12:41pm
I lost my job due to depression... In 2007, I had a very severe episode of clinical depression, brought on by stress from work... I was on family medical leave for the maximum, and then I was on a leave of absence without pay, working part time... But the medications I was on made me so sick, I seldom was able to make it to work... and my psychiatrist didn't want to take me off of them, and you just can't up and stop taking those things - it's dangerous. So my employers fired me, and since they are an 'at will' employer, I could not sue them for discrimination. They didn't even bother contesting the unemployment insurance, as they know what they did was wrong. The HR Manager at the time was a very verbally abusive man, and he even forced me to have to call the employee resource hotline, in front of him, and another HR employee. The therapist told him off, which felt good, but it has still been a very harrowing experience for me. They tried to force me to come back to work full time, with no exemptions, or else they would fire me. I did a whole week stint of full time work, and then on the friday, I had a seizure brought on by the medication, and the stress. I was too sick to return the next Monday, and was told to either come in, or be fired... So I said I was sorry, but no. I haven't been able to find work since, and feel marginalized, and discarded most of the time. This was October 2007. On Nov 17, 2009, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and getting it under control it has greatly improved my depression... I hardly have any bad episodes, anymore... but.. It's still a struggle. I still feel discarded by society. I am also convinced the weight gain I experienced was giving employers an excuse to further discount me for a job. *sigh* Capitalism is just so damn unfair sometimes.
Comment by Linda on January 15, 2010 at 11:00am
I take Effexor xr and Remeron. I started on Zoloft many years ago.
Comment by David Nelson on January 15, 2010 at 10:40am
Lexapro is a very good medication. Don't recommend zoloft, welbutrin, paxil, or prozac.
Comment by Linda on January 15, 2010 at 10:13am
Yes, it is a battle! I think the biggest battle is accepting that you have an illness that affects your everyday life. I've been in therapy for a longtime and take medication but recently realized that I have not accepted that I am mentally ill. I need to cut myself some slack.
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on January 1, 2010 at 7:55am

Happy New Year my friends
Comment by Buffy Joseph on November 22, 2009 at 8:33pm

I really feel for you. I wish I was there with you so I could just give you a hug.

I have had depression for 10+ years, and type 2 D for 3 years. Did the depression contribute to the diabetes - probably. Does the diabetes contribute to the depression - probably. I'm starting to see a therapist. I am doing this for me. I am working on not judging myself and appreciating the positives about myself. It is, of course, hard work.

You obviously do a lot for others. You are right (not selfish) to do things to help yourself. So give yourself this one thing: whenever you are feeling bad, reach out. Post here, call a friend, call a suicide hotline, write a blog - anything. Just start doing that one thing for yourself, and hopefully you can start to do more and more for yourself after that.

I really hope things work out for the pump. At least it sounds like your doctor is on your side.

Take care, and keep in touch.

-- Buffy
Comment by Rose Joelle on November 22, 2009 at 3:01pm
I have really really bad depression but at least in the past when I was at work I did an okay job hiding it or avoiding it - lately I am worried it is even coming through to my work life : ( I work full time as a case manager at a homeless transitional shelter (longer term housing than just overnight emergency care/shelter) and part time for Children's Admin (Child Protective Services) where I am on call a lot nights and weekend and may have to go out at any time. I am not a student right now but I plan to go back for more grad school in September - so I guess I would fit in this group. My blood sugars are awful and I am trying to get my insurance to help with a pump but my coverage is minimal so we will see... I also struggle with an eating disorder so my doc would really like to see me get a pump b/c she feels it would be best for me especially since I am dealing with complications of poor nutrition/diabetes. Stress is a part of my life daily but a lot is self induced with perfectionism : P I think as a diabetic I need to find a way to care about myself more than I do but it can be a challenge! Some days I just want to give up or at least just have one day where i didnt have to think about diabetes! Obviously others deal with a lot of these same feelings and are under as much and even more stress than I am. I hope to gain some perspective and maybe even some strength from that in this group as well as others. Maybe this is a first step in facing rather than completely resenting my body and how I feel about it being my own worst enemy! Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Comment by Scott on November 3, 2009 at 8:34am
Hi Debi

I think I may know exactly where you are coming from. I've been diabetic since I was 7 and suffered from clinical depression for as long as I can remember. Suicide has been in range several times and I often think that it's amazing I am still here. My son had health issues when he was younger and spent a lot of time in hospitals. When he was six, we weren't sure if he'd be able to read or write, let alone be able to live on his own. He's worked hard and is now an average teenager, attitude and all.

It is so difficult when depression pulls you down. It makes every task a "why bother" task. You feel physically bad from the depression, then start slacking on the diabetes which makes you feel worse... and that cycle can go on and on as long as you let it. Eventually, you end up feeling guilty when you feel good because you are "supposed" to feel bad.

I hope you can find someone to talk to about these things and get the care you need. You do have reasons to go on, we all do, its just a matter of being able to see it which can be so damned hard. Your family loves you. One thing that helped me was trying to answer this question. Why would dad rather be dead than be with me?.
Comment by Sohair Abdel-Rahman on November 2, 2009 at 9:18pm
How you dare.....

The emptiness inside was as large
As the universe
At least
She wanted to fill this
Crater of a volcano
That eager
To scream
For now

She went looking
How she can end it all
Looked for her insulin bottle
And thought
Hypo is an old friend
She can make it
The last

Got the bottle
The needle
Got hundred units
And her blood glucose
Was hundred
The rule of hundred is applicable
To the point

She stared at the lonely figure there
As if the world has stopped
The world had died instantly
She has
To follow

The scream of her daughter
Cut the silence
Of the last moment
She left the needle
And ran

The little girl cried
Are you alive?
I had a nightmare
You ended
Your life

They hugged each other
Till morning
The tears were mixed hot
Warmed their lonely existence

3 November 2009

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