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[IP] Re: Anger Issues insulin-pumpers-digest V10 #665

What's described here seems all too common to me.  Over the years 
I've met hundreds of pumpers with teh same anger issues.  I had them 
to a greater extent in the past and still do now.  For me the intense 
anger at "bad" bg's is caused by one or more of the following:

bg's >8ish cause a downward spiral in my mood and create an 
"underlying stress" (whether or not I know the bg level at the time).

bg's <3.7ish cause a severe and violent irritation at everything and 
I've always directed my negative emotions inward.

The rest are cognitive reasons which are harder to control due to 
depression and the effects of the low or high bg:

Not treating the bg result as a result only and not a judgement: 
"I'm a loser and worthless if that's the best I can do after all my 
hard work... ...there's no reason for this result"!  Easy to fight 
with normal range bg's but not with higher or lowers. I find any "not 
normal range" brings automatic thoughts of things I've been told over 
the decades by doctors, parents, friends, employers etc.:  ie:  "it 
should be easy" stuff.

In reality bg control is much harder for many of us than others but 
for all of us a constant, exhausting battle.  I guess, what I'm 
saying is that the only way I've found to control the anger at bg 
results is to think of them differently:  as a number to deal with 
accordingly; not a judgement on my performance.  HArd though when 
small bg changes have such drastic on one's ability to control their 
thinking and thus, emotions.  Many say emotions all are spawned by 


>Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 17:09:22 -0500
>From: "Brittney Powell" <email @ redacted>
>Subject: Re: [IP] Anger issues
>  anger and depression are major feelings when my sugars have been 
>off... and it
>also makes it worse because stress/anger/depression are big factors 
>for my sugar
>going up...its a catch 22
>>  ----- Original Message -----
>>  From: "Sue Kinzelman" <email @ redacted>
>>  To: email @ redacted
>>  Subject: Re: [IP] Anger issues
>>  Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 20:21:49 -0700
>>  Yes, anger and depression. After all these years it has started to click.
>>  When I'm feeling particularly yucky I review how my bs numbers have been
>>  for the last couple of days. I can make myself feel better by just
>>  getting more under control. I'm not sure if its a real physical change
>>  that makes a difference or a psychological thing that happens as a result
>>  of better control. But yes, I know what you mean.
>>     Does anyone deal with intense anger when their control goes bad???
>>     A1c's of
>  >    around 8ish...

Darrin Parker
Ontario, Canada
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