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Depression in people with type 2 diabetes

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Jörg Huber, Uta Drescher, Koula Asimakopoulou

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalDiabetes and Primary Care
Volume11
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2009

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Abstract

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop depression than the general population. Depression is characterised by changes in mood, behaviour and thinking patterns, usually lasting longer than 2 weeks and resulting in social- or workrelated problems (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). A number of questionnaire-based tools are available for the assessment of depression in primary care. This article explores the incidence and prevalence of the condition in people with type 2 diabetes, the effects it has on diabetes control, and discusses ways in which healthcare professionals can assess symptoms of depression and treat the condition.

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