The comparative assessment of patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity for depression and anxiety
Objective: Besides being a chronic disease, diabetes may lead to various psychiatric entities, together with social and emotional conflicts. Obesity is evaluated as a psychsomatic disease. In this study we aimed to assess the psychiatric morbidity in patients of diabetes and obesity attending to family practice outpatient clinic.
Methods: 64 patients (39 female, 25 male), attending to endocrinology clinic of Baskent University Adana hospital for obesity and diabetes were recruited in the study. The participants were asked to fill a HAD scale for depression and anxiety.
Results: Average HAD depression scores for diabetes and obesity were 8.2±3.18 and 9.0±3.24 respectively, both groups being over the threshold with no statistical difference between the 2 groups. Average HAD anxiety scores for diabetes and obesity were 9.4±2.63 and 14.7±28.12 respectively, with the diabetic group being under threshold with no statistical difference between the 2 groups.
Conclusions: Diabetes and obesity contribute to the burden of depression and anxiety and must be carefully evaluated in outpatient clinics for such entities.