People who have diabetes are more likely to become depressed than those who do not have diabetes. The exact cause is not known. It could be a chemical imbalance in the brain or the feelings of helplessness, frustration and unpredictability of diabetes that can cause depression.
It takes energy, motivation and drive for life to manage diabetes well. Taking your medicines, testing your blood glucose, eating healthy and being physically active can be difficult if you are depressed.
Symptoms of depression are:
If you have any, some or all of the above symptoms nearly every day, you should talk to your doctor or health care provider. Professional counseling and/or anti-depressant medicines are effective in treating depression.
Live your life; don't live for diabetes.
Another idea for helping to deal with depression is to answer the following questions for yourself:
You may find out that the "what is possible" list is longer than the "what have I lost" list.
Use this worksheet to assess how diabetes is affecting your life:
Effects of diabetes on your life worksheet
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes, sixth edition
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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