The American Diabetes Association identifies that rates of depression are higher among diabetics compared to the general population.
Another article from Medscape.org notes that the risk of mortality in women doubles when diabetics are also depressed.
This is not surprising as depression makes maintaining everyday routines for self care and disease maintenance challenging. Also, when feeling poorly about ones self, high carb/fat/salt snacks can give a quick dopamine pick-me-up but wreaks havoc on the diabetic’s (or anyone’s) diet.
Often professional staff and family caregivers express frustration about how little cooperation they get when it comes to managing diabetes. They try to “educate” the problem away or even “guilt” the person into taking care of themselves. These approaches can be counter productive if depression is the cause. How much of observed apathy is related to depression? It’s hard to tell. An evaluation for depression from a mental health professional familiar with diabetes and depression can help. Goals in therapy include stress management related to chronic illness, increasing coping skills, planning for success for behaviors that manage diabetes, and removing barriers to self worth.
If someone you know is struggling with managing their diabetes consider possibility that you’re not struggling with your loved one, but with the the effects of depression. Treatment can help.
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