This is a blog post I have been wanting to write for ages. It might not be relevant to you now, but please read on because this can get anybody, anytime. The subject matter I want to write about is depression.
I am very lucky that so far, touch wood, depression has eluded me, and I hope and pray it stays that way. As a diabetic the chances of being affected by this illness increase quite substantially. I was told this within day one of being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As such I have spent a lot of time researching the subject, and over the past 3 and a half years I have spoken with lots of people suffering from depression, both online and in the real world.
What is Depression
- Activities you once enjoyed now fill you with dread.
- The job you once loved makes you feel physically sick.
- Those friends you once cherished are now an inconvenience.
- An uninterrupted night’s sleep is a distant memory.
- Being too lethargic to get yourself involved in any physical activity becomes the norm.
- The constant feeling of loneliness, even in a room full of people.
- Sitting down and relaxing reading a book is a thing of the past, now you can’t concentrate on anything.
- Sitting down to your favourite meal, now you only eat to exist.
- The once happy relationship you was in has become like wading through treacle.
- The relaxed approachable person you once was is no more, angry and unapproachable is the new norm.
- Feeling valued and respected has been replaced with feeling worthless.
Who Gets Depression
There are certain predispositions which make suffering depression more likely. Grief, stress, illness, workload and certain medical conditions to name a few.
Does Diabetes And Depression Go Hand In Hand
Where To Turn When Depression Strikes
- Get yourself active – It is a proven fact that exercise releases endorphin’s and helps with our mental state.
- Always take your meds, this is crucial with most medications in all honesty, even if you are feeling better carry on with the prescribed course. As with everything in life, there are apps for this nowadays! ➡ MyTherapyApp Available on Android and IOS devices
- Eat healthily, sounds like it wouldn’t really make much difference but good nutrition gives the body and the mind the fuel it needs to work well.
- Get plenty of good quality sleep. The hours spent asleep are crucial for good mental health, I like to think of sleeping as the time we allow the brain to switch off and recharge.
- As well as taking control yourself don’t be embarrassed or afraid to seek extra help. If diabetes has taught me one thing it is the value of peer support, same applies here. There will be hundreds of people just like you, go find them and get involved online with these people, you might find it really helps.
Resources Which Might Help
A few links and resources which might help if you feel that depression is lurking in you