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Rev Med Suisse Romande. 1993 Aug;113(8):639-46.

[Prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes].

[Article in French]

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Service de psychiatrie A Groupe hospitalier Saint-Jacques, Clermont-Ferrand.


The authors studied data on psychiatric disorders in 34 insulin-dependent and 27 non-insulin dependent diabetic patients by comparison with 25 patients suffering from hypertension. Analysis was performed following clinical diagnosis (according to DSM III-R criteria), Hamilton Anxiety Inventory, Hopkins Symptom Check List 58 and Beck Anxiety Inventory. In all groups the two major psychiatric clinical diagnoses were anxiety disorders (respectively, 53, 59 and 60%, NS) and depressive disorders (respectively 21, 22 and 20%, NS). These disorders were more common in women. The influence of degenerative complications was studied. Insulin-dependent diabetics with objective nephropathy had significantly higher anxiety scores. In non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients, microangiopathy, diabetic foot and poor control (HbA1c > or = 10%) were also associated with depressive disorders. We conclude that diabetics present with high prevalences of anxiety and depressive disorders and we suggest specific therapeutic approaches.

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