Depression Symptoms - Can You Recognize the Signs

What is Depression? Depressive disorder is an illness that hurts and knowing the signs and symptoms will help in treating it. Treatment through medications, therapy, and counseling is available today. This is a major depressive disorder that have affected close to 18 million individuals or about 9% of the population.

This number does not include individuals from other parts of the world.

Research has revealed that a large percentage of these individuals also suffer from diabetes as well.

This is due to the fact, that there is a link between depression and diabetes.

Depressive disorders have also been known to caused or lead to poor blood glucose management in diabetics.

Statistics revealed that individuals who suffer from diabetes, are often depressed individuals as well.

This means that proper blood glucose monitoring for depressed diabetics, can be greatly affected. This will of cause, can lead to other health risks. Depressive disorders hurts everywhere and they can affect anyone at any time.

Depressive disorders can be so bad that they can seriously decreased someone's quality of life, leading them down a part of complete unhappiness or death in some cases. Manic depressive disorders, often run in families, meaning that the problem could be hereditary. It could also come from learned behaviors or it can be related to both.

Many individuals that have diabetes as well as those with out the chronic disease, are face with many stressful or unhappy events in their lives. For these reasons, many factors can be triggers for the causes of depression.

What Causes Depression Disorders? 

Some factors that can be triggers for major depressive disorders in diabetics include:

  • Finding out that you have diabetes.
  • Disappointments at work (pass over for a promotion), at home (abuse), or at school (getting a failing grade).
  • The death of a love one or friend.
  • A broken marriage or broken home (divorce).
  • Stressful situations.
  • Sleeping problems.
  • Childhood abuse by a parent or other relative.
  • The abuse of alcohol.
  • Medical conditions, such as heart disease.
  • Financial problems.

Other Contributing Factors of Depression!

Some major depressive disorders can also be triggered as a result of some nutritional deficiencies as well.

These conditions can be recognized by symptoms that include:

  • Unhappiness.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Eating to much all the time.
  • Always sleeping.
  • Always feeling tired.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Always cranky and nervous.
  • Always thinking of death or committing suicide.
  • Difficulties in concentrating, remembering or making simple decisions.

More Common Depression Disorders Among Diabetics

There are several forms or definition of this illness that we all have to be concerned about. More importantly, there are three that are most common between diabetes as well as non-diabetes individuals. They include:

  • Major Depression.
  • This type of depressive disorder, occurs in about 15% of all individuals that have diabetes. Its symptoms is recognized by the list of symptoms mentioned earlier!
  • Dysthymia.
  • This type of depressive mood is sometimes referred to as chronic depression. It is of a less severe nature but an individual's symptoms can linger for very long time periods. Dysthymia affect individuals with or without diabetes and it can cause them their happiness in life, even if they seem to be functioning adequately.

    The symptoms for this form of depressive disorder is the same as that of the major one. Therefore, it is likely that individuals can experience what is called double depression. Simply because they can have both major and dysthymia illnesses at the same time.

  • Bipolar Disorder

This depressive disorder or mood is also known as manic depressive disorder. It does not occur as often or as frequent as the other two forms. It is simply described as cycling mood changes - meaning that a person can have severe highs (mania) or severe lows (depressive state).

Depressive symptoms are associated with very poor blood glucose management. Therefore, people with diabetes should be checked regularly for any depressive symptoms - which can further hurt their daily blood glucose monitoring.

The link between diabetes and depression is still unclear but depressive moods are often brought on by stressful situations or they can come as a result of the metabolic or chemical effects of diabetes.

Studies also suggest that individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes, can develop diabetes complications if they have a history of depression in their family. Depressive disorders often goes untreated or undiagnosed because individuals often do not know or recognize the symptoms that are associated with the illness.

These symptoms can only be recognized by a trained mental health professional.

She/he can then prescribed the appropriate treatment after learning about the duration and severity of your illness.

An individual that has diabetes and who is also depressed, is less likely to follow or keep up with their diabetes treatment.

Fortunately some treatments like psychotherapy, prescribed medications (antidepressants), or a combination of both which are used to treat depressive disorders, can better a patient's chances for better health. This will help them to gain back their abilities to properly manage their diabetes conditions.

Scientific reports have indicated that individuals who suffer from both diabetes and depression, show positive improvements in both mood and blood glucose management through the use of both psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. Diabetics can feel safe with the use of antidepressants in the treatment of depressive disorders because they are generally safe.

Unfortunately, for diabetics and non-diabetics, full recovery from any depressive disorders will take some time. Prescription drugs that are used for depression treatment, often take a few weeks before they begin to work and because of this many of us respond to treatment differently.

In cases like these, dosing of your medication/s might have to be adjusted by your health care provider. Hence if you are a diabetic and you suffer from any depressive disorders, you should seek the services of a mental health professional. These are professionals such as a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Clinical Social Worker, who will work closely with your diabetes health care team.

This is extremely important, especially when the use of prescription antidepressants is required and to avoid any potential side effects that can be harmful or dangerous due drug interactions.

Remember good diabetes care will help you to avoid serious complications; therefore, get help if you are suffering from diabetes and bipolar depression.

Depression can be the cause for poor blood glucose monitoring!

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