I will admit it, these kinds of thoughts can cross my mind. They are quickly dismissed in my case, but I have seen some close to me struggle with the thought of the relief that ending all would bring. Thankfully, no one I know who has diabetes has done so. But it is always an alarm when I hear certain words or see certain actions. We have to watch it for ourselves, but also for those we love and care for with this or any chronic illness.
I know from experience that arguing doesn't help. You have to find a balance between helping and enabling, and it's a fine line. The article I found is very comprehensive and packed with great information. I hope you enjoy it.
By: Everyday Health
When emotional health and diabetes collide, suicide is a real risk. Learn how to help your loved ones avoid this tragic choice.
By Madeline Vann, MPH
Medically reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD
As many as one in five people with diabetes think about suicide, some on a daily basis. People considering suicide don't always advertise their plans, but those with diabetes might be doing so by neglecting their diabetes management. A statewide study of patients in Texas revealed that depression and diabetes led to poor diabetes control. And although no in-depth research into diabetes and suicide exists, the study authors suggest that one sign of worsening emotional health might be giving up on the hard work of controlling diabetes.
Also of great concern, according to a study published in The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, are data that suggest that people with diabetes might go so far as to commit insulin suicide, intentionally overdosing with the very medication that can help them achieve and maintain blood sugar control.
The connection point between diabetes and suicide is depression. About 16 percent of the general population experience depression, but the percentage is nearly doubled among those with diabetes. To better understand depression and diabetes, family medicine expert David Katerndahl, MD, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio looked at diabetes control and depression symptoms among 106 patients over the course of five years.
Though their research did not address suicide risk specifically, Dr. Katerndahl said, "I looked at the results from our question about how frequently patients thought about suicide over the past two weeks and found that 20 percent had thought about suicide and 6 percent thought about it daily." The results of the study show a link between depression, poor compliance with diabetes treatment, and a lower qualify of life .
"Diabetes and depression is a toxic combination," said psychologist Susan Guzman, PhD, director of clinical services for the Diabetes Behavioral Institute in San Diego. "Mortality rates in people who have both are about 2.5 times the rates in people with either or neither."
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