Depression and Diabetes
Many people who are diagnosed with diabetes are overwhelmed with an avalanche of new information, medications, visits to the doctor and a sense of helplessness. Diabetes can be frightening, especially for anyone who is not familiar with the disease. We read about complications, insulin and medications, and we feel hopeless.
Many diabetics experience a period of denial when they are diagnosed with diabetes for the first time. They refuse to believe that something is wrong with them. While they remain in denial, the condition gets worse. This can often lead to depression. Depression and diabetes often go hand in hand. According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing depression than other people.
The stress of managing diabetes can affect an individual. There are new medications to take, your blood sugar should be monitored frequently and a record kept for your doctor. There are frequent visits to the doctor and you may need several combinations of different medications before your blood sugar level stays under control.
On top of that, people who have diabetes often face sudden changes in lifestyle. The foods that you once enjoyed now are taboo. An exercise regimen is often recommended, which may be good for depression, but people with depression often have little energy to begin an exercise regimen. As depression continues, people often lose interest in controlling their blood sugar levels and may even skip their medications.
Symptoms of depression include loss of pleasure in the daily activities that you used to enjoy, as well as a change in appetite. You may have trouble concentrating and having trouble sleeping. Or you can even sleep too much. Many people suffer from depression, but for a diabetic, it can be a threat to life. Depression and diabetes are a dangerous combination.
People who are diagnosed with diabetes can empower themselves by learning as much about the disease as possible from the beginning. This can alleviate the sense of helplessness that often accompanies diagnoses. Ask your doctor questions. To do investigation. Discover how you can help control your disease.
If you feel you have some of the signs of depression, ask your doctor to recommend a therapist who is familiar with people with chronic illnesses. Therapy can be crucial for a diabetic patient who feels isolated due to all the additional work involved in treating his disease. Do not be afraid to talk about your illness with family and friends. Diabetes is not something to be ashamed of, it is a disease that affects millions of people.
If possible, join a support group for other people who also have diabetes. Here you can not only find like-minded spirits that experience some of the same fears as you, but you can also learn new information.
Every time someone is diagnosed with an illness puts them at risk for depression. Your world has changed and you no longer feel safe. Worse yet, they feel out of control. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, regain control and learn to control your disease. By empowering yourself, you can not only effectively control your diabetes, but you will also eliminate depression.
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