Diabetes and Depression: Recognizing the Symptoms, and 5 Things That Can Help
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?
Depression is one of the most commonly occurring medical conditions, one which anybody can be struck with. It affects an estimated 1 in 10 adults during their lifetime. Women are more likely than men to experience it. It is important to realise that it is a real illness which affects the brain. This isn’t something you can “snap out” of. Depression is caused by changes to the chemistry inside our brains. Once depression has set in, it has a negative impact on every part of your life, as well as those who are close to you.