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psb1954
Total Posts: 149
Registered on: ‎07-07-2010

mood swings

I have read before about people with diabetes suffering from depression which I figured came from having to deal daily with a chronic illness and changing how one eats and exercises but can changes in bg cause mood swings?   My mood starts out very depressed in the morning and seems to get better in the afternoon.  I usually don't get up in time to eat breakfast since I can't have cereal or toast because they spike my bg.  I know that's not an excuse and that I need to care enough for myself to go to bed earlier so I can have time to make breakfast or prepare something the night before that could be eaten without any preparation but I haven't been able to do that yet. 

 

I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed by life right now even though I've been much worse off at times in the past so all in all I should be feeling better than I am.  And I haven't been able to get my eating under control so I guess I should expect to feel bad.  I also have severe sleep apnea which I haven't been treating for the past couple of years but I do have an appointment with the nurse practitioner at the sleep specialist's office on Friday to try to get back on track with that.

 

I really appreciate this website and all of you who do what you can to help those of us who are just out of control.  I haven't been on this board for quite a while but it's nice to know there are people out there who really care and will take time out of their life to help others.  Thanks to you all.

 

Pam 

Diagnosed Type 2 March 2010
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Amaryl 2 mg am & pm when my bg is 140 or above
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LilMissDaisy
Total Posts: 2,147
Registered on: ‎01-04-2012

Re: mood swings

Hey, Pam!  Try to think of every day as a challenge for yourself in the way of trying different foods and getting your blood sugar in the target range YOU and YOUR dr. has set.  It's easy to be depressed.  I went through it, also.  I was like, What is the point of eating when all I gotta do is worry about how high that made my blood sugar to go! 

 

But you know what?  It's not like diabetes is gonna go away.  You have to stick your head out of the sand and deal with it the best way you can.  You already know what you can do to make breakfast easier - have fun with it!  Try different things in different ways and see how your body reacts to them.  The challenge can be fun in the way of discovering new foods and ideas.

 

Surround yourself with people who support and encourage you - like this group.  You'll find many helpful things.  Go to Watering Hole.  There's a discussion about what's for dinner with lots of pictures.  It's fun to see what others are eating instead of just reading about them.

 

Educate yourself.  One person here says that knowledge is power, and it is!  It can empower you in your diabetes self-management.

 

Take care and be good to yourself!  We're all routing for you!

alan_s
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Registered on: ‎10-30-2009

Re: mood swings



psb1954 wrote:

I have read before about people with diabetes suffering from depression which I figured came from having to deal daily with a chronic illness and changing how one eats and exercises but can changes in bg cause mood swings?   My mood starts out very depressed in the morning and seems to get better in the afternoon.


 

In my own experience the answer is yes. My mood swings in the first few months after diagnosis were quite severe at times. In hindsight I'm surprised and delighted that my wife stayed through them; she put up with a lot during that period. The good news is that those variations disappeared almost totally after I gained control of my BGs. Both highs and lows could bring them on.

 


I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed by life right now even though I've been much worse off at times in the past so all in all I should be feeling better than I am.  And I haven't been able to get my eating under control so I guess I should expect to feel bad.  I also have severe sleep apnea which I haven't been treating for the past couple of years but I do have an appointment with the nurse practitioner at the sleep specialist's office on Friday to try to get back on track with that.

 

I really appreciate this website and all of you who do what you can to help those of us who are just out of control.  I haven't been on this board for quite a while but it's nice to know there are people out there who really care and will take time out of their life to help others.  Thanks to you all.

 

Pam 


 

Hang around for a bit longer this time. Even if you don't post, read daily. There will always be something interesting being discussed that may remind you why you are back on track and want to stay there.

 

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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sirmicro
Total Posts: 76
Registered on: ‎12-10-2010

Re: mood swings

Hang in there and take each day (hour) one by one. I too suffer from depression, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ..... Fortunately my depression and apnea are under control. It took me a long time to get the depression under control and somedays I still have to work hard at it. A lot of times I wish it would go away more then I wish for he diabetes to go away. I don't post a lot here, but I do read everyday and enjoy the support I get.

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ikitty
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Registered on: ‎10-01-2010

Re: mood swings

When were you dx'd? I had major mood swings at first and I sure did get depressed at times. I was also angry for a bit and I felt so alone at times. But those days seem long gone and I'm very happy these days and everything is a little easier to deal with. You will adjust if you continue to try. I fell a lot in the begining. But don't let that stop you! Keep getting right back up! Don't let diabetes get the better of you.
Glad you are back! :smileyhappy: Keep coming back. It really does help a lot to know you arent alone.

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LilMissDaisy
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Re: mood swings


Ikitty wrote:

When were you dx'd? I had major mood swings at first and I sure did get depressed at times. I was also angry for a bit and I felt so alone at times. But those days seem long gone and I'm very happy these days and everything is a little easier to deal with. You will adjust if you continue to try. I fell a lot in the begining. But don't let that stop you! Keep getting right back up! Don't let diabetes get the better of you.
Glad you are back! :smileyhappy: Keep coming back. It really does help a lot to know you arent alone.


High Five, Ikitty!  So very nice to read words of encouragement - even if I'm not the receipient.  That mask/face paint is interesting!  I bet under whatever is hiding your true face is a kind, gentle, and compassionate person.

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lonejaden
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Registered on: ‎11-02-2009

Re: mood swings

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Hi Pam!!!  Welcome to the boards.  

 

I hate breakfast too. Even if you eat something you are doing much to help your blood sugar. A handful of nuts, some cottage cheese, a piece of lunchmeat or cheese or both.  Doesnt have to be breakfasty type of food. 

 

Here is one I really like, got it from Hungry girl on the food network....... Put 1/2 cup of egg substitute or whatever amount you want in a microwavable bowl, throw in one of those creamy swiss laughing cow cheese wedges and throw in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 min....  Its all protein, and it tastes really good.  Toss in some salt and pepper.  I can put it in microwave and go do my hair before I go to work.  Its easy, and fast.  

 


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grannyred
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Re: mood swings


LilMissDaisy wrote:
 

High Five, Ikitty!  So very nice to read words of encouragement - even if I'm not the receipient.  That mask/face paint is interesting!  I bet under whatever is hiding your true face is a kind, gentle, and compassionate person.


Silly Girl.......she's a KITTY !!!!!     Of course she is kind, gentle and compassionate..................and she gives great back massages......teeeeeheeeeeee!!!

 

 

 

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LilMissDaisy
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Re: mood swings


grannyred wrote:

LilMissDaisy wrote:
 

High Five, Ikitty!  So very nice to read words of encouragement - even if I'm not the receipient.  That mask/face paint is interesting!  I bet under whatever is hiding your true face is a kind, gentle, and compassionate person.


Silly Girl.......she's a KITTY !!!!!     Of course she is kind, gentle and compassionate..................and she gives great back massages......teeeeeheeeeeee!!!

 

 

 

See ya....................................................Big Bad Red..............................................Peace

 


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh............  :-)  Is she de-clawed?

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blueribbonmom12
Total Posts: 711
Registered on: ‎01-01-2012

Re: mood swings

I do have mood changes when my blood sugar is high...sometimes that's the first symptom before I test.  I get cranky and cry a lot, resentful.  I don't even know there's a problem until I test.  I never get that way when my b.g. is closer to 'normal'.

 

It is overwhelming and while I don't have depression, it does get depressing!!  All this testing and trying to predict the highs and the lows.  So much easier to relax and just be me but that's not the case.

 

Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time.  It's what we all do.  Since Easter is coming, I suggest you pick up a bunch of Easter egg coloring kits.  Color hardboiled eggs, a dozen at a time, and then choose which color to have for breakfast.  Add some fun to it.  I also microwave egg beaters...a whole cup is 4 eggs and only 100 calories.  I top it with a slice of cheddar cheese and some salsa.  Very tastey.

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