Diabetes and Depression


The combination of Type 1 Diabetes and Depression can get complicated since depression can lead to a lack of effort towards diabetes care and in turn those blood sugars can then contribute to depression. Most doctors will differentiate periods of sadness and depression as the symptoms lasting at least two weeks to be qualified as depression. Symptoms may include:

  • Loss of pleasure in things previously found enjoyable

  • Withdrawal from social interaction

  • Feeling tired most of the time

  • Trouble falling asleep, waking during the night, or sleeping more than usual

  • Eating more or less than usual, resulting in weight gain or loss

  • Trouble with concentration

  • Feeling worse in the morning; questioning one’s ability to make it through the day

  • Thoughts of self-harm