10 Assessment of psychiatric disorders among older adults with diabetes mellitus

Maria D. Llorente, Julie Malphurs, Susana Prieto, Marilyn SanJuan-Horvath, Michael A. Silverman

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Recent studies have suggested that certain psychiatric disorders occur with increased frequency among older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus for several reasons. For example, since 95% of the management of diabetes is conducted by the patient, a diagnosis of diabetes can lead to increased levels of anxiety, depressive symptoms, and lowered self-esteem; and some antipsychotic medications can induce or worsen type 2 diabetes. In this article, the authors review the evidence base linking diabetes and certain psychiatric disorders (ie, depression, dementia, schizophrenia), and provide a strategy for assessment and treatment of these co-occurring conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Geriatrics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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