Psychosocial and psychiatric challenges of diabetes mellitus

Nurs Clin North Am. 2006 Dec;41(4):667-80, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2006.07.002.


Diabetes mellitus is a chronic endocrine disorder that places considerable psychologic stress on individuals and their families. This article discusses psychosocial issues associated with diabetes and its management, and common psychiatric disorders in diabetes population. Psychosocial challenges and psychiatric disorders in people with diabetes can hinder patients' successful diabetes self-management and well-being. An understanding of mental health issues in diabetes is critical for all health care professionals who provide treatment to people with diabetes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Patient Compliance / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology