Type 2 Diabetes + Depression: What To Know

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Treating depression is one of the most important things that a person with type 2 diabetes can do to be healthy. Learn how doctors diagnose depression and what to do if you may be depressed.

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Hi, I’m Ansley from Diabetes- What To Know and today we’re going to cover one aspect of diabetes that many people don’t talk about— depression.

The most important thing to understand is that depression, like diabetes, is a disease. And like any disease, it can be treated. But sometimes it’s hard for people to ask for that help, because there’s still a lot of stigma around depression in our culture.

Treating depression is really important though so that both you and those around you can feel better, and so that happiness can be part of your life again.

During the last couple of weeks, if there have been days when you have had little interest or pleasure in doing things, or felt down or hopeless, you may have depression. If this is the case, or if you have other reasons for thinking that you may be depressed, it will help to talk to your doctor and get more information. We also have a short quiz that doctors use to diagnose depression on our website if you’d like to take a look.

If you are depressed, your medical team will be able to help you figure out how to treat your depression, either with medicine, talking therapy or a combination of both. These approaches to treating depression have been shown to be effective, and work just as well for people with diabetes as they do for others. Remember, identifying depression and getting help for it is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Thanks for watching–

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