Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in social activities can be part of life with type 2 diabetes. Members of DiabetesTeam share feelings of stress and burnout around managing a chronic and life-altering condition. One member wrote: “Sometimes, it’s just too much. I feel like my whole life is revolving around health issues. Then, I do something for others and stop being so self-centered (it helps).”
Many members are able to improve their mood with antidepressents, exercise, meditation, and gratitude. “It’s ok to feel sad or frustrated at times - try to think of just one thing you're grateful for and tomorrow will be better,” shared one member. Another said, “I try to be grateful to still be alive and able to do many things [rather than] struggle with what I’ve missed out on.” Being part of a community that “gets it” can help you manage depression and other symptoms of diabetes. Speak to your doctor if you experience symptoms of depression.
On DiabetesTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with type 2 diabetes, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Depression is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.
Here are a few question-and-answer threads about depression:
Here are conversations that have taken place about depression:
Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to DiabetesTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.
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