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.
Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08
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