Depression related to diabetes is a genuine and serious medical condition that can be as painful as any physical disease. 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.
Symptoms of depression:
Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
- Changes in sleep patterns: trouble falling/staying asleep or sleeping too much
- Feeling tired or having little energy
- Feeling bad about yourself - that you are a failure, or let people down
- Inability to focus, concentrate or make decisions
- Moving or speaking slowly, or being fidgety/restless
- Loss of appetite or over-eating
- Feelings of despair and worthlessness
- Avoiding people
- Thoughts of suicide
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.