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People with diabetes are twice as likely as the average person to experience depression. The anxiety and stress of the holiday season can trigger depression even if you're usually content.
We're bombarded with images of happy people eating, drinking and being merry with family and friends. In reality, many people are estranged from their families or feel lonely and isolated this time of year.
Moreover, you see others indulging in an overabundance of holiday sweets and alcohol. You may resent that you can't participate, let yourself go and then feel guilty about it.
If you're feeling down, talk to your provider. There are effective treatment options for depression. Treatment often includes both talk therapy and antidepressants. Some antidepressants aren't appropriate if you have diabetes because they may cause weight gain or increase your blood sugars.
If you think about harming yourself, we strongly urge you to seek professional help. Please call 1-800-273-8255 which is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
There are other measures you can employ to improve your mood:
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
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Great advice! Especially the one "Let go of expectations"!
Very true.The more happiness I see around me,the more I see people shopping and people partying ,I more depressed I become.So the best thing is to stay at home and be happy with your own self.
I find going to movie theater is effective to let go of feeling blue. It's Moore than watching movie is entertainment. In theaters you are completely out of what you facing daily for two hours; evolving around other people's emotions that the empathy let you get in touch with your own wider range of emotions, which is often more than feeling blue. It's quite affordable, quick and the affects last for days.
Thank you Sara. I am one of those people who experience this every year and this year is really bad. I lost my mother (who was my everything) and my only sibling (whom was not talking to me at the time of her death).
We have no children and I have never felt so lost, so alone, etc.... I knew this day would come but it came all too fast. Too sudden. No warnings.
I would love to let go of expectations but really struggle.
Well thanks for your advise.
I have recently begun a blog http://www.mytype2diabetesmanagement.com/ where I will be posting about my diagnosis of being type 2 diabetic, my experiences and how I have managed my glucose levels. I will post things I've done that were successful and I'll also post my failures. Visit my site, it's in the infancy stage but we can learn from each other.
Thank for the advise
americans in general are self centered,its all about me . as long as that is present nothing will change . ive tryed the be kind to others ,guess what its a waste of time not expecting anything and only get more greif .and americans wonder why they have the problems in society that are out there .keep pushing people to side it will only get worse before better . wait and see. marke the date down . is a sad thing
In my experience, hit rock bottom if you must, but resolve to map s purposeful plan to find meaning in your life. Remain determined to succeed in whatever gives you a sense of accomplishment. Build upon this success to strengthen and improve your outlook.
I think being fully aware that while being content of one's solo flight at this time of the year is helpful especially if one can admit that subconsciously the sense of isolation one feels must be recognized, not ignored. Just the awareness can be a pathway to alter the state of isolation.
Very good advice!
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