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Diabetes and depression

Hello, does diabetes have a medical side affect that can make you depressed? Or just by having diabetes makes you feel depressed?

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The answer

Diabetes does not clinically cause depression but can be a contributing factor in someone suffering from diabetes.

People who are diagnosed with diabetes are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.

Diabetes can affect you physically as well as mentally by causing lethargy and weight loss. The reason for depression can be as a result of having to adapt to a life long medical condition and its management and implications on lifestyle.

Medications that are prescribed to manage the diabetes can also have an impact on your moods as well as causing changes to your body and the way it functions in order to treat the diabetes effectively.

If you are feeling depressed it is important to seek treatment for this as failure to do so can have a detrimental impact on your diabetes and ongoing health particularly if you are not taking medications or correct diet properly.

Signs of depression include lethargy, mood swings, changes in concentration, weight changes and feelings of despondence and lacking ability to cope.

Treatments for depression can include medical treatments as well as psychotherapy and CBT.

CBT and psychotherapy can particularly help by looking at coping mechanisms and the way diabetes is affecting your life.

We would suggest that if this is what you are experiencing then you should seek assistance from your GP and ask them to refer you to specialists for further treatment and support.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses

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