Excess of depressive symptoms and life events among diabetics

Compr Psychiatry. Mar-Apr 1994;35(2):129-31. doi: 10.1016/0010-440x(94)90057-o.


We compared a group of insulin-dependent diabetic outpatients with normal control subjects for their scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and for their experience of recent life events. Diabetic patients had significantly higher BDI scores than controls and had experienced significantly more life events during the previous 6 months. These results suggest that psychiatric symptoms and social problems are common among insulin-dependent diabetics. Longitudinal studies of psychiatric disorder among diabetic patients appear to be indicated.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Life Change Events*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A