diabetes and depression is unclear, but together they are increased cause for concern: depression makes it difficult for people to take care of themselves, and in diabetics, self-care is particularly important to keep blood glucose levels under control.
Depression can and should be treated. People who are depressed are less likely to follow their diabetes treatment plan, resulting in poor glucose management and higher risk for the development of diabetes-related complications. Poor physical health can also impact your mental well-being, leading to a vicious cycle.
Signs or symptoms of depression in diabetics can include:
If you notice symptoms of depression, talk to your doctor and ask for help. Depression can be treated. Medication and psycho-therapy are most often used in some combination, depending on the person being treated. Ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional who is experienced in treating depression in diabetics. Always provide every healthcare professional you see with a complete list of medications you take (including insulin), and the dosages. Since everyone responds differently, medications may need to be adjusted until the right combination can be found for you.
It is not uncommon to find diabetes and depression together. It is important to get assessed and begin treatment quickly, so that you can continue to take good care of your health.