Depression and you

Depression and you

Depression is a real illness that affects people in different ways.

Common signs of depression include:

  • Loss of pleasure; no interest in doing things that you normally enjoy
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Lack of energy
  • Nervousness; feeling like you cannot sit still
  • Guilt or feeling like you worry about everything
  • Morning sadness
  • Suicidal thoughts

Getting Help

If you or someone you love are experiencing these symptoms, talk them over with your health care provider. There may be physical causes of your depressed feelings.

Sometimes, poorly controlled diabetes can cause tiredness, fatigue and even changes in sleep and attitude. Having fluctuating blood glucose levels can lead to hunger, disturbed sleep, tiredness and even a feeling of anxiety.

Other physical causes of depression can include drug or alcohol abuse, thyroid irregularities or medication side effects.

If you need help, start by talking with your primary care provider. You can Find a Doctor or work with one of our medical home coordinators to find a primary care provider.

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