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I have type 1 diabetes & feeling depressed

I have type 1 diabetes . I m 17 and life is depressing. i feel like i can t do anything anymore..? I feel limited compared to all my friends. I am anxious about all the problems associated with diabetes that can occur. I try to control it as best as i can, but it s still never good enugh. I just don t want to do anythign anymore. Sometimes i feel bad for beign with my friends, because if something happens to me and i go nto a coma, it is incredibly selfish of me to have made all these people sad. I was just wondering whether anyone else felt the same and how you deal with it (or having any other chronic illness)? People who don t have diabetes always say that I can live a normal life. It s different when u are young. I am supposed to be looking forward to the rest of my life, not dreading it.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011
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Hello Albert,

I can understand your anguish, though only incompletely as I do not have Type I DM. However, each one of us has his/her own unique personal battles to fight and personal demons to overcome.

Living with a chronic illness can be very difficult. It can be especially painful when you do not have complete control over it, and if it constantly occupies your mind. In that sense, your feelings of anxiety and depression are understandable.

I appreciate your statement that you are trying to control it the best you can. That really is the best we can do, isn't it? We can control that which is in our hands. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes not. So long as we have tried our best, we have the right to feel proud of our effort. Possibly therein lies the key for you, Albert. Life is about doing our best, and accepting whatever the result may be.

When you feel guilty about how an episode of coma may affect your friends, try to remember that there is no reason for you to feel undeserved guilt. The fact that you have Type I DM is not your fault. Please consciously guard yourself from accepting guilt which you have yourself done nothing to deserve.

It is true that sometimes the challenges of life (whether it be dealing with a chronic illness, a life-threatening tumour, or failure in an examination) can become overwhelming for anyone. If that is the case, please do not hesitate to ask for help, whether from a friend, a family member or a mental health professional.

Finally, ask yourself again if your goal should be to live a supposedly 'normal' life. Should not the goal be to achieve the highest potential that is available to you? ALL of us have limitations - some have small limitations, while others have to deal with incredible huge limitations. Happiness comes from doing the best you can within whatever your individual unique limitations (and strengths) may be.

All the best.

Warm regards,
Dr. Saifuddin Kharawala

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Linda Smith's  Response

Come on, Diabetes is not that bad. Even i have it and I am 21 years old. All i take care is to avoid high glycemic index food, which are the foods having high carbohydrate contents. If i take a high carbohydrate diet, i make sure that i take equal amount of protien and vegetables and fruits serving. My sugar levels are in control since 3 years, after i started controling my diet. The medicines are more effective now, and I am enjoying a near normal life, i go out for trips with my freinds, till now i have not had any problems, and even my friends understand my needs and are very supportive.

General & Family Physician Dr. Khaleel Ahmed.Manik's  Response
hi, nothing to worry . ur just normal like any other person with same strengh power and stemina unless and until u take care of ur DM i mean maintain ur blood suger at normal. Now relax and enjoy life .
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