Mental health

Mental health



About 1 in 7 people with diabetes have generalized anxiety disorder

People who have anxiety may have the feeling that “something is going to go wrong” or
“I need to be sure nothing bad is going to happen.”

Physical signs of anxiety can include:

  • Muscle tension
  • Feeling on edge
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Sleep disturbance



1 in 3 people with diabetes are affected by symptoms of depression

Depression can affect both mental and physical health, making it harder for people with
diabetes to take care of themselves and their blood sugar levels.

Symptoms of depression include sad or hopeless feelings that:

  • Occur most days, or last most of the day
  • Lasts more than two weeks
  • Affects your work, as well as social relationships

Other symptoms of depression can include :

  • Changes in appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed

Depending on how severe the depression symptoms are, treatment for depression can
include changes to lifestyle, adding medication or seeing a health care professional
who specializes in mental health.

Feeling depressed? Speak with your doctor or read more about what you can do if
you’re feeling depressed.

Find more information on anxiety and depression at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Having depression can affect how you take care of yourself, your blood sugar management and your overall quality of life. This can lead to additional diabetes-related health problems.

Remember to be good to yourself

It’s just as important to take care of your mental well-being as it is your physical health.
Part of this includes being kind to yourself and knowing when to reach out if you need
additional support.

Mental health support

Hope for Wellness
A help line available for all Indigenous people across Canada who need immediate
mental health counselling and crisis intervention.

Toll-free help line: 1-855-242-3310 (Available 24/7)
Online chat:

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Talk to your doctor about possible medication options

Feel confident you're getting the most out of your next doctor's appointment by preparing ahead of time. Use this guide as a cheat sheet to help organize your thoughts and questions.

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Getting support

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