n African Journal of Psychiatry - Patients as partners : brought to you by The South African Depression and Anxiety Group




Depression is an illness that affects about 25% of South Africans of all ages and socio-economic groups, but people with diabetes may be at greater risk. Research also shows that people with depression have a 37% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many people with depression suffer in silence and in isolation, never getting the help they need. According to US research, only 30% of patients with depression and diabetes receive adequate treatment for depression and fewer than 20% complete more than four visits for psychotherapy. But treatment for depression is highly successful and is critical to improving and managing symptoms of both diabetes and depression


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