Depression related to diabetes is a genuine and serious medical condition that can be as painful as any physical disease. This article will help you to learn to recognize depression symptoms. Unfortunately it is not always as easy to spot. Depression is often marked by a series of vague symptoms, which people with diabetes may try to hide.
Since untreated depression can have a serious negative impact on your overall health, it is important to be aware of the symptoms. If you have any doubt at all, speak to your diabetes healthcare team. Depression is treatable and you can get the support you need.
Symptoms of depression
Depression symptoms may include:
- Deep sadness
- Constant tiredness and lack of energy
- Inability to focus or make decisions
- Excessive sleep or difficulty sleeping
- Loss of interest in doing things
- Loss of appetite or over-eating
- Feelings of despair and worthlessness
- Avoiding people
- Thoughts of suicide
If you notice that you do not take pleasure in your usual activities and this persists for more than two weeks you should seek help from your doctor or other diabetes healthcare professional.