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Survey - Diabetes and Depression

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by James_aka_Glory, Aug 29, 2015.

  1. James_aka_Glory

    James_aka_Glory Type 1 · Member

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    Hi all, this is a quick survey to find out how many diabetics have experienced suicidal and or depressed thoughts all of a sudden
    Survey Link - http://strawpoll.me/5346204
     
  2. Osming

    Osming Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi James
    Not personally although a low mood is not uncommon in fact as a psychiatric nurse I have cared for many diabetic patients who wrestled with very deep depression and suicidal ideation.
     
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  3. mrspuddleduck

    mrspuddleduck · Guest

    Hi @James_aka_Glory , hope you don't mind me asking but what's this information going to be used for?
     
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  4. James_aka_Glory

    James_aka_Glory Type 1 · Member

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    This is just out of curiosity because I have read that diabetics are more prone to suicidal/depressed thoughts so I just want to hear from others about it.
     
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  5. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    Interesting survey. Can't say that it has ever been something that has affected me that way. Quite the opposite in fact.
     
  6. Bagpuss Lives!

    Bagpuss Lives! Type 1 · Active Member

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    The depression happened before the diabetes. Treatment started @ 18 for depression, diagnosed @ 25 with diabetes. Whether the diabetes was triggered by chronic stress, lack of support, childhood bereavement or long- term self-harming (od's) is anyone s guess. I have type 1. And I've had suicidal thoughts at various times over the years, old age & experience has taught me to ride through them. Having to be constantly alert about whether you're alive or nearby dead or not has caused me mental burnout. It can be hard work trying to keep myself alive.
     
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  7. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes,
    Usually just after an appointment with my (un)practice(d) nurse
     
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  8. Bagpuss Lives!

    Bagpuss Lives! Type 1 · Active Member

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    Yay collieboy I think we go to the same one lol
     
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    Munkki Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was anxious for two weeks after the diagnosis, now I am relaxed about it most of the time. However, I also wonder whether s stressful life before diabetes (type 2) had an influence.
     
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  10. photognut

    photognut Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting question. Should it be solely aimed at Diabetics?

    When faced with your own mortality, I'd imagine the figures are quite high until the patient learns to cope with their condition. I personally hate surveys - we are entering another tick box system, people do not fit in tick boxes, they have their own individual mechanisms for coping with whatever they are faced with.
     
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  11. CollieBoy

    CollieBoy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Problem is not with the diabetes per se, but by the HCPs inability to effecively treat it, they usually cause harm, if left to their own devices!
     
  12. photognut

    photognut Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I can tell you, the next misdiagnosis I receive from an HCP, they are going to become severely depressed by the amount of legal attention they are going to attract :D
     
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  13. Bagpuss Lives!

    Bagpuss Lives! Type 1 · Active Member

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    When my own mechanisms for coping are outstripped by the stressors I face, my mood nosedives and I struggle, which sometimes includes wishing myself dead. Ie demands outstrip supply. And it's my "mortality" which gets hit hardest!
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Isn't depression chemicals in the brain?
    I haven't got a clue but I became depressed when reality set in.
    Since then I've tried to disguise it and keep myself busy.
     
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    Erin85 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi James. I have also heard that the management of Diabetes can cause depression, however that has not been my experience. I have battled depression on/off for the last 10yrs, with it becoming particularly bad last year and this year, causing issues with work. Was diagnosed type1 9.5months ago, and I feel that my diabetes has actually helped my depression. I have had some really dark days, but I don't think this is due to being diabetic. My condition motivates me to get out of bed to eat and check my levels. I guess in that regard, there has been a benefit to my diagnosis (not ready to admit that out loud yet lol). Good luck with your survey. X
     
  16. kitsunerin

    kitsunerin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 16, diagnosed with severe depression at 17.... so yeah, I feel like they are linked. Also I've been suicidal in the past and even tried committing suicide multiple times by purposely taking too much insulin and such. I'm not suicidal any more, but yeah.
     
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    GhostTalket Type 2 · Newbie

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    i was diagnosed with depression back in 2012, but have had the symptoms going back to childhood. I found that I was a loner, I would self harm alot and would have panic attacks if I was not at the back of the classroom and near the door. I would have mood swings and just punch walls and doors for no reason. I was diagnosed with diabetes 15 years ago and am classed as a type 2 but I now have to have insulin injections as well as tablets. I was always a big person even as a child, but never had blood tests to see till 2000 when I was 30 years old. I'm still fighting with my depression, some days are good some days can be bad to really bad and my blood sugar levels are still crazy. They was anything from 15 to 29.6 when diagnosed then they levelled off for a bit and now are back to 10 to 17 now. I take tablets for my depression, diabetes and insomnia. I think I'm just one messed up person
     
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