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World Health Day: Depression

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Today is, apparently, World Health Day.  (I honestly didn't know this existed but saw it on Twitter.  Those of you who also use Twitter can find more using the #WorldHealthDay hashtag.)

The theme this year is Depression - which seems to fit in with our site because studies show a link between diabetes and depression.   This makes sense to me, as I find living with a chronic illness can sometimes get the best of my emotions.

The AADE website has a good sheet about diabetes and depression that you can find here: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/docs/default-source/patient-resources/tip-sheets/mental-health/depression_eng.pdf?sfvrsn=2

For me, feelings of depression tend to ebb and flow, and definitely influence my diabetes management.  When I'm feeling down, my diabetes management gets sloppy.  When I'm feeling good, I'm more on top of things.  Honestly, I was feeling very very low last week and really struggled.  I'm not sure why, but this week I feel much better and my management reflects that.  I've even started exercising again - which in turn is helping my outlook!

I'm rambling and don't really know what my overall point is.  But I guess it's just to say, if you've felt like this and struggled, you aren't alone.  

posted Apr 7 in Conversation by KarenG (16,340 points)
edited Jun 26 by KarenG

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I sometimes get episodes of extreme anxiety or depression. I have learned to check by blood sugar when I am feeling this way because the intense suicidal, raging, fearful, self-hating, and/or sad thoughts are usually a symptom of low blood sugar, and often the only symptom. As soon as I treat the low blood sugar the feelings dissipate in a few minutes. The challenge is to realize I should check my sugar before I act on any of those feelings. 

This is different from general depression or anxiety. I checked out the resources you provided above. They were very helpful. Thank you.

answered Apr 8 by janmosso (1,460 points)
Oh yes, I have sometimes had extreme anxiety during lows too.  As soon as I treat the low blood sugar, the anxiety goes away.  I wonder how common that is?
answered Apr 10 by KarenG (16,340 points)
I have taught myself to stay calm (mostly) during lows, which helps me not to over-correct.  Persistent highs are another matter: I can feel so emotional, all over the map, from weepy to frustrated, anxious to angry. What a roller coaster!
answered Apr 12 by TortieGirl (3,950 points)