Self-report of depressed mood and depression in women with type 2 diabetes

Robin Whittemore, Gail D.Eramo Melkus, Margaret Grey

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The purpose of this cross-sectional analysis (N = 53) was to (a) describe the self-reported prevalence of depressed mood and depression in women with type 2 diabetes; (b) to describe the antidepressive agents and dosages prescribed for depression treatment in women with type 2 diabetes; and (c) to examine differences in diabetes-related health outcomes (physiologic, psychosocial, and health functioning variables) with respect to depressed mood. Forty-four percent of women in this sample reported a depressed mood and 34% of the sample reported a history of depression. The majority of women with a history of depression were taking an antidepressive agent at the time of assessment (94%). Most women were treated with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Women with depressed mood demonstrated poorer psychosocial adjustment and health functioning compared to women without a depressed mood; however, no differences in physiological outcomes were demonstrated. Only 18% of the participants were currently being treated with psychotherapy in conjunction with medication. Further research on this understudied population is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-260
Number of pages18
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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