Are Diabetes and Depression Connected?
Studies that have been done indicate that people that have diabetes have a four times higher chance of becoming depressed when compared with people that don’t have diabetes. Why is this? If you recall that feeling helpless is one of the top causes of depression, then it is simple to understand how the stress and unpredictably of dealing with blood glucose management could lead someone into feeling depressed.
The main difference between clinical depression and common sadness is in how long the feelings last and how intense they feel. Clinical depression is more than a feeling of sadness for just a few hours or days. Depression can be more intense and will leave you feeling poorly for a longer period of time.
A psychologist would generally say that a person has clinical depression if the patient experiences five or more of the following symptoms for two weeks or more:
- Feeling sad every day or almost every day
- Lowered interest or pleasure from the majority of activities every day or almost every day
- Weight loss or weight gain (more than 5% of the body weight in a month’s time) not due to diet
- Problems with sleeping too much or too little
- Feeling irritable or tired almost every day
- Feeling worthless or guilty almost every day
- Problems with thinking, concentrating, or decision making almost every day
- Thoughts of suicide or death, suicide attempts or plan to commit suicide