Diabetes and Depression

As someone who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 31 years now I can tell you that depression peaks its ugly head in every once and awhile. I have gone through a couple episodes of deep depression. It got so bad about 12 years ago that I decided to take antidepressants to get out of it. I got out. It took about 6 months. I stayed on the drugs for another year and then I got off of them. It took about 3 months to get off of them. You can’t just stop taking them. I firmly believe that, if at all possible, one should not be on antidepressants. If you need them then take them. When you get out of the rut then find a way to get off of them. I know this runs counter to the thinking of many medical professionals. I don’t care. I don’t have much faith or trust in what doctors have to say unless it is an emergency. My Endocronoligist is there to write my prescriptions, order my blood tests and to collect $50 from me every 4 months…that is it. Living with diabetes effectively means that you take responsibility for what is going on. Don’t give any of that responsibility to the docs. They will want some of it as most of them have major ego issues and think they are better then most others. But don’t give it to them. Don’t do it.

Mood swings are just part of the baggage that goes along with dealing with the disease. It is an insidious disease. There is no let up. It is 24/7 unless of course you choose to block it out. Therefore, it is understandable when you feel down, There are physiological reasons that you get down as well. I don’t feel good about things when my blood sugar has been high and I don’t feel good when I am rebounding from a low. The best prescription to ward off depression is to workout. It is all about the work out actually. Become an athlete. Walk hard, run hard, do yoga everyday. Attack the workout. Good Luck..

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