The first question I usually get asked on this topic is can diabetes cause depression? From personal experience it can. I received diabetes depression treatment shortly after I was first diagnosed. The doctor put me on some antidepressants but I got off them after a month or so. The side effects from the drugs for me, was horrible.
The statistics say
One in four people will suffer depression at some stage in their life. That number is significantly higher for diabetics. It is important to receive treatment if you show any signs of struggling with mental health. Diabetics can have a hard time coping with a chronic disease like diabetes. This can lead to to a vicious cycle of depression causing bad habits and ultimately diabetes complications down the track.
Depression can overwhelm and get worse over time. It can lead to a spiral of negativity including
- thoughts of helplessness,
- inactivity and withdrawing from the world.
- over eating or alcoholism
- a complete lack of managing your diabetic condition.
Now for the good news
There are many diabetes depression treatments available but you must seek medical advice first and foremost. Medical treatment including taking a course of antidepressants or talking your problems over with a therapist can soon lead to a cure for the depression and you starting to enjoy life again.
I was stuck with feelings of helplessness and was frustrated when I developed type 1 diabetes. My doctor soon identified these thoughts and feelings and put me on pills. I didn’t really feel like they did anything for me. I didn’t feel any different but I did notice a massive fall in my sex drive. When I mentioned this to my doctor he told me to stop taking the drugs immediately.
I am at peace with diabetes now. I know that it is not the end of the world because I can lead a normal happy, healthy life. There is not anything that I am restricted from doing. I know I can never fly an aeroplane or scuba dive but I never really want to anyway. I still go out to dinner and enjoy a few drinks, I even eat sweets afterwards too.
What it boils down to
Managing diabetes is about doing the simple things like exercise most days, monitoring your blood sugar levels 3 or 4 times a day and drinking plenty of water. It really isn’t that hard.
Managing depression is about surrounding yourself with positive people and having a support network including your family. It is also about finding hobbies and interests like football or dating or getting into spirituality and self improvement as an example.
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