Sometimes when I'm having a low blood sugar attack, I'll start having an episode of extreme rage. I'll get so angry, I'll just start punching myself, headbutting walls, and just generally go berserk. I always regret the things I do while having an attack. Sometimes I'll say harsh things to the people I love and care about. Well my girlfriend doesn't understand that the reason that I do these things is that I'm having sugar shock, she just thinks that I have a side to my personality that can be really mean. I've showed her websites explaining the symptoms, and I don't think she really understands it. I try to prevent the anger, but sometimes the day will be hectic and I'll forget to eat, causing me to have rage.
Can anyone here share their experiences with rage, or about people they know who have hypoglycemia and rage? Thanks a bunch.
All I can say is that you are not alone- I too get RAGING angry and it literally takes all my focus and control to not physically act out on it. My husband of 10 years did not believe it was my blood sugar. Neither did my doctor or counselor. (which makes me rage all by itself!)
My suggestion is that you must treat food like a medicine. There is no hecticness (is that a word?) that should take place of you taking care of yourself. Always eat complex carbs with a protein--even if it's just a little snack--the combo will make you feel full longer. You already know that going low on your blood sugar makes you feel crazy, and that's good to know cause you can work toward eating *before* the rage starts. Make managing your blood sugar top priority--use google like crazy and gather as much info as you can. It ain't easy and the feelings of isolation make it all the more terrible. But you are NOT alone, and you are NOT crazy.
Such crashes makes me extremely aggressive, expecially with objects. I have noticed that people who become very aggressive as a result of biochemical disequilibrium, are otherwise very sensitive people who would never hurt an ant. It's the case for me. I have never hurted anyone or hit whatever person, I hate violence and can't even stand violent movies. Yet I get uncredibly aggressive and angry when my blood sugar swing happily. Irritability is the worse: when even the voice of someone you love gets on your nerve for no reason at all.
I have been suffering from hypoglycemia since I was 7 and I remember at age 8 getting angry almost daily to the point of tears just from watching "stupid" commercials that made me angry. I also got angry to people in motorcycle and to comic movies without any reason. A lot of things made me mad and only after my diagnosis of hypoglycemia I began understanding why and all the strange feelings I had as a child.
The good thing is that the more aggressive you're on a sugar disiquilibrium, the more balanced you discover to be once your blood sugar is on an equilibrium, it's a wonderful sensation and you will attract more friends and great opportunities than ever. You'll also realize that you probably are more capable of loving life, people and being in awe with this beautiful world than other people can.
There's a book about a woman who was diagnosed as mentally ill and put on a cocktail of dangerous psycho drugs. Her life was miserable and she was suicidal. It was reactive hypoglycemia from the beginning. Your girlfriend should read that book.
I realize this is an old post but perhaps if anything I can share with someone that comes looking for info another day. Yeah most my life I thought I just had a tendency to get incredibly angry / moody and thought it was issues with my behavior or just how I was and through life tried to rationalize or embrace it or fight it and confused about that 5% of my life where I wouldn't be me. Recently I moved across country and was with loving friends that did nothing but be nice and through incidents of rage and accusations and moments where I wouldn't recall hours of time and do crazy stuff I realized there was no rational reason for me to act as I was and looked into it. I was on a strict diet and didn't have any sugars and exercised a lot. At times out of the blue I would get angry but realize it and keep my distance. Worse was if I drank alcohol as it soon became auto rage, but after like 1 or 2 drinks over hours. Everyone shrugged it off as me being a angry drunk though I would later think how did 1 beer cause me to get angry, make crazy accusations then black out. It didn't click and I sunk into depression as I thought I just was doomed to always turn on friends I loved no matter what. One day I got shaky and passed out in my apartment lobby. I woke up and went to the doctor and was lead to it possibly being hypoglycemia, based on my diet and general habits of focusing on work before food. The next day I started getting shaky and felt depressed then angry at a friend so spotted it and took orange juice. Within a few minutes I had complete clarity and felt good. Heck I started dancing at work out of no where lol, I was back to me. I no longer black out after 1 beer and upped my diet to more reasonable calories and keep solid sugar candies on me and orange juice at home. Everything changed but still most my friends don't believe it and distanced themselves from me. I apologized and explained to no end to them but I had to accept that I can't be sorry forever, its not a healthy state and understand their point of view and think that it is what it is. I really wish I knew this when I was a kid, when I busted windows, punched holes and broke things. I know now though, I maintain my happy self and have let current friends in the loop as to my issue. At 27 I feel like I finally know myself. But yes your not alone. I hope more awareness can be made of the issue though.
I have been really having these episodes lately and I have been really struggling to explain to my wife that I am not unhappy with her despite the foul language flying at her in a fit of rage. I also have adhd so in the midst of a crash I have an anxiety attack that further amplifies the situation. To the wife I appear moody or downright crazy but for me during these episodes I am freaked. They usually happen when I am at work I ca say that they usually happen more on days that I don't make it to the gym. I am actually writing this on the backside of a recent episode. I ate and finally gave in and bought a monster drink to feel somewhat normal. Usually after having a crash and burn I am fatigued beyond normal and just want to sleep. Made and appointment with doctor for next week.
I cant stand who I become when I have eaten sugar unknowingly (its it almost everything) I wish it would go away. the only times when I didnt have the sugar rage and depression was on Sandra cabots liver cleanse diet and when I totally went off every single possible sugar including anything with lactose, false sugars even the "friendly" ones. This was hard work but worth it the problemis its like AA says one drink will create the slide into hell. One bite of something sugary will do the same. Have to say no to everything and exercise. good luck darling
Reading these posts have been really helpful when I go into what I call my "crash" I'm too weak to move but I say really hurtfull things to the people round me my speach slurs but they can still understand what I'm saying and so stay away from me after it got worse when I was pregnant I would pass out all over the place but I've learnt to controle my diet so I eat even when I'm not hungry but even with a doctors diagnosis and letters saying whats wrong with me my brother still doesnt believe me thats the hardest when the people round you dont understand luckily my partner does and when I rage at him he just laughs and says I'm gourgeous when I'm angry
I have been diagnosed with portal hypertension of the liver cause is still to be determined, but it is the cause of my hypoglycemia, in aug. of 2012 low blood glucose caused me to freak out on my fridge. the wife got a protective order on me, had it modified, went out last night was awesome until i started to pass out and cry, then it turned to rage i hit the dash of the car and wondered why did i do that. i then felt like i was going into a coma, woke up feeling hung over. so my marriage is probably over. and my dr. doesn't care. he has diagnosed me but hasn't treated me in 6 months. i contemplate suicide hourly, i pray , i'm in AA and i help others as much as i can, but at the same time i feel so helpless cause i cant control my own life. my wife just thinks im making excuses. and ignores me. making me more depressed and i've got liver spots and jaundice, i've lost 30lbs. in two months , i cant wake up for work on time, and i'm on here boo hooing. i hope someone looks at this and knows they are not alone. Find a dr. who actually cares. they are rare. and a second job to pay for what insurance should pay