Diabetes and Depression


Diabetes and depression go hand-in-hand. Because of the strict diet and restrictions from diabetes, diabetics get depressed. Most people can cope with these conditions and still function; However, this is not the case with diabetics.

You will find diabetics who get depressed every day. But, you will also find diabetics who can cope with their depression. Which makes it a very difficult process. Depression affects the overall well being of diabetics. So, it is best if diabetics get treated quickly.
So, how does depression affect diabetics?

1. They will loose their appetites. This effect of depression is more common in women than in men. They will crave carbohydrates and starches, especially white rice and bread. They will also lose their sex drive. This in turn makes them lose their self-esteem. All these factors make them depression prone.
2. Their diabetes might get worse. It is because they lose the control over the glucose level in their blood. Hence, it affects their blood sugar levels and causes hypoglycemia.
3. Insulin deficiency plays a crucial role in depression. So, when they are treated, their diabetes would improve as well.
4. When they are not treated, they can develop neuropathy in the nerves that carry the nerve impulses to the brain. This might lead to depression. So, it is essential that they get treated as soon as possible.
Let us look at some different causes of depression:
1. The major cause is known as major depression. This is a mental disorder that will affect you for a period of time. However, it does not last for years as other causes do. It is a mental disorder which can be cured by a treatment or therapy. Therapy is the best cure for this mental disorder. In other words, the most effective treatment or therapy for depression is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT.
2. Another cause of depression is reactive depression. It is known as secondary depression. This can happen due to certain changes in your life like death in the family, divorce in the family, job or school problems etc. It may not be connected to your depression but still needs treatment.
3. A hormonal cause is Cushing’s disease or chronic fatigue syndrome. This disease affects the adrenal glands which makes them produce excess catecholamines (stress hormones) which can affect the brain causing depression.
4. A traumatic or sad event can cause depression. For example, this could be death of a close relative or loved one or any other sad event that impacts the mental state of the person.
5. Depression can also be caused by medications. These can be prescribed by your doctor even if they are not depression causing. Antidepressants will control depression by altering the brain chemistry by inhibiting the reuptake of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine etc.
6. Depression may be hereditary. If you have a family history of depression, you will be prone to depression. This can be changed by therapy or therapy alone.

Therapy alone will not be sufficient and then if he goes for to treatment, depression may be reduced. However, the treatment may not be effective if family history does not cease.

Now, we have looked at the causes of depression. As we have seen, these causes do not last forever. The treatment or therapy must be administered promptly. Therapy alone will be of no use if the cause of depression remains. Once the cause of depression is cured, the person will be cured also. Therapy or medication may help and then you will lead a happy life.


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