Know the symptoms of depression.

Tip 28

Up to 20% of people with diabetes also suffer from depression. Know the symptoms, and know that there is help available.

Symptoms of depression may include:

• Persistent feelings of sadness and/or anxiety.

• Feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness.

• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed.

• Fatigue and decreased energy.

• Trouble concentrating and/or memory problems.

• Sleep disturbances.

• Appetite changes and weight loss or gain.

• Thoughts of death or suicide.

If you're experiencing one or more of these, don't suffer in silence. There is help out there:

• Talk to your doctor. Don't be afraid or ashamed to talk to your doctor about how you're feeling. Therapy or antidepressant medication may be a treatment option for you.

• Join a support group. Check with your diabetes care provider, local hospital, and community center for diabetes support groups in your area.

• Find a virtual shoulder to lean on. If a ‘real-time' support group isn't available or isn't an option for you, there are many wonderful online support forums, such as the dLife Community.

Learn more about depressions, the signs, the symptoms, and ways to treat it.

Get the coping skills you need to manage your diabetes life.

 

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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by Brenda Bell
Many people say that depression is a side effect or complication of diabetes. Without discounting the association of the psychological condition with the physical one, I'm not convinced that our high and/or unstable glucose levels are directly responsible for that change in our mental state. My belief is that the unrelenting need for self-care, for following the sort of care schedules that can drive licensed, professional caregivers crazy, is what overwhelms us...
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