Diabetics and Depression Triggers

Men hit particularly hard.

Jim Williams

Healthkey.com contributor

March 4, 2010


Is diabetes a dark cloud is hanging over you?

Depression is hard to get a handle on in the best of situations. But men with diabetes are hit especially hard. For reasons researchers have not pinpointed, those with diabetes have a greater risk of depression than those who are not diabetic. This isn't about the occasional "slump" or sadness. If you're feeling depressed for more than two weeks at a stretch, this is sign of clinical depression and you must seek help.

Common triggers for depression include the daily stress of managing your diabetes, complications in your treatment, or tension from work, friends and family. When you're depressed, your energy level drops, simple tasks become more complex, and your diet and appetite, or lack thereof, can sufferÂ…affecting your blood-sugar levels.

Why are You Depressed?

According to the American Diabetes Association, spotting depression is the first step followed closely by getting help. It's important to understand what's causing your depression and get help. The ADA has identified the following:

Getting Help

Take depression seriously. See your doctor; there also could be a physical problem causing your depression. If you rule out physical causes, your doctor will most likely refer you to a specialist. You might talk with a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker, or professional counselor.