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From Somers, New York, USA:

If diabetes isn't taken care of, can it cause mental issues? Can it cause someone to become schizophrenic or bipolar or just have random fits of anger?


Uncontrolled diabetes can affect a person's mood and may make someone feel more irritable, tired or burned out, and could possibly cause someone to feel more angry like you described. Individuals with diabetes are also at a two to three times higher risk of being diagnosed with depression. I do not know of any correlation of uncontrolled diabetes causing schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, although there has been a correlation found between certain psychiatric medications causing weight gain, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

I also want to stress that it is very important to take care of a person's diabetes for both their short term and long term health. I would recommend that the person you are asking about meet with a health care team, which may include a mental health counselor (clinical psychologist or clinical social worker) that is knowledgeable about diabetes, to assess for any mental health difficulties.


Original posting 25 Jul 2006
Posted to Mental Health and Behavior


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