In terms of genetics, I drew the short straw. While I am the only person in my extended family with type 1 diabetes, there are quite a few examples of autoimmune issues on my dad’s side of the family.
By having diabetes, and as a result of some other circumstances, I drew another short straw. Did you know that people with diabetes are at a higher (maybe even double) risk of also having depression? (source)
My bachelor’s degree is in psychology so I can identify the signs and symptoms pretty easily. The step between knowing and doing something about it is a big one.
In February, I took that step and got help. It has not been an easy process. With the help of a medical professional, I made the decision to try medication.
The first medication that I was prescribed worked pretty well but it was not approved by my insurance and I could not afford the out of pocket cost for it. I tried another medication and it has taken a while to get the dosage and timing right for me.
If you have diabetes and think you may be struggling with depression, please seek help. It may be scary at first to admit you need help but you will feel so much better when you do. The community will be here to support you just like they were for me (thank you to those I was able to contact by DM and text).
I am living with diabetes and depression and still enjoying every moment of wonderful.