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Diabetes and Depression

Diabetes and Depression awareness

Diabetes has a mental health component.

Depression does greater damage to people’s overall health than long-term physical diseases and it is ranked as having the biggest disabling effect compared with any disease worldwide, research suggests. It is known to have more impact on general well-being than angina, arthritis, asthma and diabetes.*

It is most likely that most diabetics never discuss this aspect of their condition with a psychologist, psychiatrist or a counsellor either because they are not aware that they are depressed or because of the stigma attached to mental ill-health in general.

Most diabetics may not have access to any of these professionals for the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress or any of such health conditions.

Mild depressive feeling is a normal part of grieving and adaptation especially when newly diagnosed, but if the feeling persists for a long time or becomes so severe that it interferes with diabetic management, seek prompt and appropriate treatment.

Report based on 250,000 people in 60 countries in The Lancet.

Possible effects of depression on diabetes

Suggested Coping Strategies


Further info

Diabetes and Depression. Double Trouble - Carrie Washburn May 2007 (Pdf)>>
Oregon Diabetes Prevention
Health Promotion and CD Prevention Programme,
Oregon DHS< Public Health Division,


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