Diabetes and Mood Swings - Adjusting to Life with Type 2 Diabetes
Everyone feels down once in a while, it's a part of being human. However,
if you're suffering from type 2 Diabetes
a recent diagnosis or the many lifestyle changes
can be overwhelming. It isn't uncommon to have diabetes and mood swings
Causes of Mood Swings
Mood swings or depression in diabetics
may be due to:
Its normal for people can to feel overwhelmed when confronted with
illness. Anxiety can arise as diabetics change their lifestyle, diet and
medication to cope with this potentially debilitating disease. The
emotional and physical changes can naturally lead to mood swings.
Mood swings can also be brought about by new medications or changes
in dosages. Prescriptions are helpful at alleviating the complications
of diabetes such as hyperglycemia
However, side effects may be present and cause you to
react in ways you didn't expect. Have your doctor monitor your
prescription and speak honestly with him or her about any changes in mood
you've been experiencing since starting treatment.
Note that feeling "down" for several weeks at a time may
not be a simple mood swing - it could be the start of depression.
People experience depression in different ways. Symptoms of depression
- Feeling down, sad and hopeless for weeks at a time.
- Lack of interest in daily activities and hobbies.
- Problems concentrating and easily annoyed.
- Unintentional weight gain or loss.
- Unexplained physical problems such as headaches & muscle aches.
- Restlessness & sleeping problems.
- Thoughts of suicide.
Depression is a serious condition that can be aggravated by physical and
emotional stress. When it comes to talking about mental health, most people
find it hard to ask friends and family for assistance. But it's extremely
important for diabetics to address these negative feelings so that they
are able to cope with controlling blood sugar levels and maintain optimal
physical health. Keeping blood sugar levels in a normal range is critical
in avoiding additional complications.
How to Help Yourself
- Don't hide your feelings. Alienating yourself when you are most
vulnerable can harm you and your relationships with friends & family.
- Speak honestly with your doctor about your mental well-being.
- Don't stop or alter your prescriptions without advice from your doctor.
- Continue to follow the diabetes treatment
plan developed for you, including all diet, exercise, and
recommendations in addition to taking your medication as prescribed.
- Talk to someone you trust such as a close friend, a family member, a counsellor
or a minister.
- Seek out diabetes support groups. It helps to talk to others who
have gone through the same thing, and realize that you're not alone.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise
is a natural mood enhancer, and it's also helpful in managing blood glucose levels.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs that can further alter your mood.
While diabetes and mood swings don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, it's
certainly not uncommon. People with diabetes have to make lifestyle changes that
affect the way they eat, sleep and live. Feeling good mentally will make
living with the disease easier.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.