In addition, many products must be excluded from the patient’s diet.Moreover, he/she must be ready for the potential complications caused by the disease.However, the burden is placed not only on the patient but on his/her family as well.
An approach to depression treatment should depend on its cause, thus requiring the combined efforts of the physician and the patient or his/her family (Beck & Alford, 2009).
However, in the recent decades, frequent association of these two diseases has attracted the attention of researchers from all over the world.
At first view, diabetes mellitus and depression can be perceived as incomparable diseases.
Indeed, diabetes is a physical disorder that is characterized by high levels of blood sugar (glucose) and results from a defect of production or activity of the hormone that is called insulin (Munden, 2007).
As a result, it is possible to say that the treatment of these two disorders becomes intertwined, thus combining the abovementioned methods and efforts.
Both of the mentioned diseases place a significant burden on the patient.
Depression increases the risk of the development of diabetes due to the elevated levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood, which inhibits blood sugar metabolism.
At the same time, diabetes increases the risk of the depression development due to the permanent changes in the lifestyle of a person (Munden & Foley, 2007).
However, many patients are not ready to take this step since they fear to change something in their lives.
As a result, they require psychological support from the side of the family.