Psychiatric morbidity in young adults with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

Psychol Med. 1991 Aug;21(3):639-45. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700022273.


Psychiatric disorder and sub-threshold psychological distress were more common in 113 young men and women with insulin-dependent diabetes living in a defined area than in comparable general population samples. Twelve per cent of men and 19% of women were classified by the PSE as psychiatric 'cases'. Forty per cent of women and 47% of men reported at least one major social problem; effects of diabetes on everyday activities were common. There were associations between medical and social variables. The clinical implications are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / diagnosis*
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Status Schedule*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Sick Role*
  • Social Adjustment*