Diabetes and Depression

April 7, 2008 by  
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Emotions Affect Diabetes

For hundreds of years, medical practitioners had believed there was a direct impact on one’s health from emotions. Today we understand that overall mental health is important to the health and well being of everyone.

Have you ever met someone with severe depression? Often people sufferering from severe depression may seem irritable, withdrawn, tired, and even their personal care (may) suffer. Being diagnosed with diabetes is a stressful, life changing event. Depending on the personality and the way an individual deals with stress, their health may suffer and spiral downwards quickly.

Typical Stages Of Emotions

1. Denial:
The diabetic denies they have a condition. This is common in teens, even those who have suffered from juvenile diabetes for some time. This stage can be very dangerous, as the diabetic refuses to use proper diabetic diet, health care, and may not take their medication. Denial can happen over and over, depending on the person.

2. Anger:
Very common in all diabetics. Some may feel angry at others in their family who do not suffer from diabetes, who seem to be able to eat whatever they wish, or because they need to use blood testing supplies to ‘prick’ themselves many times a day. Anger may be directed towards the doctor who diagnosed them, believing it it ‘their fault’.

3. Depression:
A normal phase. Being mildly depressed at such a huge life change is completely normal. Long term feelings of depression, especially severe symptoms should be treated immediately.

4. Acceptance:
Finally, the diabetic has come to an understanding of his or her body. They take good care of themselves and may believe that their new good health is due to being diagnosed with diabetes. They pay close attention to all aspects of their health.

Make It To Acceptance

To make it to the 4th stage, you should understand it may take time. Each emotion your feel about your diabetes and body is normal. If you feel you are having extreme depression, speaking with your doctor right away is imperitive. Sadness and anger can have a profound effect on your blood glucose levels. This effect can range from severe highs to dangerous lows.

Your doctor can consult you best on how to pursue care of depression. For more information on depression, be sure to visit Battling Depression, one of the Battling For Health sister blogs.

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4 Responses to “Diabetes and Depression”
  1. Thanks Scott. It is something hard to deal with, depression, add that on top of a life changing event like diabetes and you can have a very volatile mix. Visiting your site!

  2. Scott Becker says:

    Hi Julie,

    Just found your blog(s) all I can say is GREAT STUFF! I have suffered from depression all of my life – I am now 47 and I lost my wife 7 years ago to diabetes so I can really relate to your work. I am very healthy now, but not after some real bad times. At this point my work is very similar to yours – I don’t want others to go through what I have.

    This is a great post – It’s very much like the stages of grief . I guess losing something is losing something be it a person or your own health. Very interesting.

    I have subscribed to your feed

    Scott Becker

  3. Hi Marye, glad to see you, sad to hear about Marc. I can understand, went through these stages with post partum depression. It’s a rough battle, but it can be overcome. You know where to reach me if you need to talk.

  4. marye says:

    hey Julie! Just stopping by to check in ..
    We are battling through these stages with Marc, not because of diabetes but because of undiagnosed chronic pain issues. Very insightful, my friend. Good job.

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