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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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