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Old 01-09-2013, 13:45   #1
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How can you tell if you have depression caused by diabetes or just a normal depression? I have my blood sugars under control, i exercise regularly and keep a healthy diet. But i have been feeling depressed lately and i know it has to be from other things in my life. I am now seeing a psychologist for social anxiety and depression.

Anyone else living with a non diabetes depression or any other menthal health issues?

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Getting a big diagnosis like diabetes certainly has caused many of us to become depressed for a while. If you continue to be upset or depressed after getting the hang of things, please talk to your doctor.

Since you already have a psychiatrist, let them know about what you are going through. I am not aware of diabetes itself causing depression, but either way it is something that should be addressed with a professional, regardless of the root cause.

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There is depression, and there is depression. Everyone has ups and downs - and being diagnosed with diabetes and grieving over the loss of favorite foods, and dealing with the constant monitoring this disease entails is certainly one of the downs in life. However, as one gets a handle on D and rises to the challenge (as you have), most often the depression lifts.

Normal feelings of depression over unpleasant situations in life (or in my case, bordom) is not usually a problem. However, clinical depression is certainly a thing to be dealt with by a professional. You are right to seek help with this. No sense in it going on and on making your life miserable.

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When I was taking an extreme amount of fish oil (45 grams a day) and 5-6 grams of L-Carnitine along with it the clarity in my brain was astonishing. My mood changed for the better, my short term and long term memory improved dramatically. I was remembering stupid incidental items that happened 30-40 yrs ago like it was yesterday. You can only do this for a couple of months at a time or risk lowering your immune system to much, but it was worth it just for that. I was doing this to try and lower my over all chl., which it did.

You can google GABA for the anxiety. Also Holy Basal, Ashweghanda, L-Theanine, Phosphate cortisol inhibitors. All will help with anxiety. Wife takes 4 5-HTP before bed, helps her sleep and helps build up a Serotonin supply. Also consider giving your brain some building blocks to repair any chemical imbalance, such as DLPA, Glutamine, Glycine, etc.

Keep in mind mental illness is like any other illness it just takes the right combination of supplements, prescriptions to make an improvement.

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I had general anxiety before ever getting diabetes. For me it's a separate issue and is treated with medication separately. If you can wait until your A1C is in the 5.x range without harming yourself then it might be OK, but if not your doc will be able to address it as its own issue.

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My depression antedates my diabetes, and it presented as anger, not sadness or discouragement. I've been on meds for quite a few years, and it makes a difference.

There is clinical depression and there is situational depression. If your psychologist were to determine that you are clinically depressed, you would need another doc to prescribe, since psychologists usually aren't MDs, but perhaps your PCP could consult with your psychologist so that the PCP could prescribe if any meds were deemed to be necessary.




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I can tell you that I have always had some issues with depression. I was never diagnosed but looking back now I can see that I was depressed most of my life. I do know that it lifted about 14 years ago when my life made huge changes for the better. It was pretty much nonexistent during the last 14 years until I was diagnosed with D. A little time after my dx I went to a very dark place that keeps a hold of me to this day. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety brought on by past trauma. It isn't caused by D it is triggered by the constant barrage of health issues I have to deal with since my dx. I fight constantly to keep my mind in a good place. I see a counselor twice a week and if it wasn't for her, I don't know what would happen. It only takes the smallest of triggers to put me out of sorts and I disengage from life. I seem unable to find joy in anything anymore. I gave up every last one of my hobbies. Things I have loved for over 20 years. Just can't get excited about any of it anymore. Most days, I am just going through the motions. The really bad thoughts aren't there as often but I am still a zombie. I am working on it but it is a much bigger battle than I have with D.

It is great that you are talking to a professional about it. It really does help. I wish I would have done it sooner. I worked so hard to get control of my D and when I get into one of my stinks, I throw all that control out the window. I just don't care anymore.

I wish you the best and hope you can get a handle on it. If you ever need anyone to talk to about it you can PM me on here. I am not a doc but I will listen and sometimes that's all we need.

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Man its good to hear from you again, hope everything is looking up for you. Just wanted to say hi


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I can tell you that I have always had some issues with depression. I was never diagnosed but looking back now I can see that I was depressed most of my life. I do know that it lifted about 14 years ago when my life made huge changes for the better. It was pretty much nonexistent during the last 14 years until I was diagnosed with D. A little time after my dx I went to a very dark place that keeps a hold of me to this day. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety brought on by past trauma. It isn't caused by D it is triggered by the constant barrage of health issues I have to deal with since my dx. I fight constantly to keep my mind in a good place. I see a counselor twice a week and if it wasn't for her, I don't know what would happen. It only takes the smallest of triggers to put me out of sorts and I disengage from life. I seem unable to find joy in anything anymore. I gave up every last one of my hobbies. Things I have loved for over 20 years. Just can't get excited about any of it anymore. Most days, I am just going through the motions. The really bad thoughts aren't there as often but I am still a zombie. I am working on it but it is a much bigger battle than I have with D.

It is great that you are talking to a professional about it. It really does help. I wish I would have done it sooner. I worked so hard to get control of my D and when I get into one of my stinks, I throw all that control out the window. I just don't care anymore.

I wish you the best and hope you can get a handle on it. If you ever need anyone to talk to about it you can PM me on here. I am not a doc but I will listen and sometimes that's all we need.

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Hey MCS. You know how it is. One day at a time. Been trying to spend more time with my kids as we were off from work and school for 16 days.

Hope all is well. I imagine so with that gnarly home theater you got setup.

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