Diabetics are at double the risk for developing depression, and an emotional phenomena called diabetes distress is unique among type 1 and type 2 diabetics of all ages and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Worries over risk factors, diet changes, health care costs, complications, and high or low blood glucose levels can all be loaded sources of stress and sadness for patients and their families. These anxieties can make stress and complications worse, while the complications themselves can increase depression or distress.
For these reasons, it is critical to seek help with how you’re feeling by reaching out to your doctor or local hospital. Physicians and hospitals often have connections to or even host diabetic support resources you can take advantage of to help manage the emotions that can coincide with a diagnosis or simply dealing with diabetes every day.
If you or someone you know feel this way and think you’re alone, or don’t think depression and stress is that serious a problem for diabetics, here are some things to keep in mind.