People with diabetes are at increased risk for depression. In fact, studies show people with diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression compared to individuals without diabetes.
The cause of depression in people living with the disease is presently not known. “This is a complicated issue as clinical depression, and diabetes distress are very interwoven,” explains Nicole M. Bereolos, Ph.D., MPH, CDE, clinical psychologist, a certified diabetes educator in Dallas, TX.
Diabetes can have a profound impact on your mental and emotional well-being. Coping with the daily challenges that come with the disease can make you feel defeated, depressed, angry or sad. “There are many hassles in living with diabetes, and the symptoms can overlap with clinical depression.