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Old 26-07-2022, 07:02 PM   #1
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Depression and diabulimia

My daughter was born in October 2020 after a difficult pregnancy, throughout lockdowns, and then a premature birth resulting in NICU and long hospital stays by myself. I was diagnosed with postnatal depression about 8 weeks after she was born and prescribed antidepressants. 6 months later my husband and I separated leaving me home with a 6 month old and a nearly 3 year old.
Since her birth I neglected myself, and in particular mt type 1 diabetes. My health visitor was concerned and had been in touch with my diabetes consultant. Around mt daughters 1st birthday I was really struggling and my blood sugars were always running high. I then had an episode in hospital because of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and tonsillitis. I noticed here that I’d lost weight. This is the story of my eating disorder. Ever since I have not managed my diabetes properly with the aim of weight loss. But also because I don’t see the point. I can’t see the future with all the diabetes complications because I just don’t care. I don’t think it is just disordered eating, I think there’s an element of depression here too.
I have spoken with my GP, health visitor, diabetes team, community mental health team and high risk eating disorder team and no one seems to be able to help or do anything.
I don’t know how much longer I can keep going. I am exhausted from the high blood sugars. I have managed so far but I am irritable with my kids, I can’t see very well and I have zero motivation. Don’t know where else to go.

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Old 27-07-2022, 05:43 PM   #2
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Hey. I'm a type 1 diabetic too and although I haven't had any experience with diabulimia I know how terrible high blood sugars can make you feel.

It sounds like you've talked to all the right people and it's a shame they're not seemingly able to help you more. Maybe there is a diabulimia specialist? I'd also maybe consider a diabetes specific forum. Not sure where you're located but Diabetes UK and diabetes.co.uk have good forums for asking for help and advice.

I'm always happy to talk about diabetes stuff, don't know how helpful I can be but will always listen if you want a friendly ear.

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