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Coping Behaviors Associated With More Depressive Symptoms in Type 2 Patients

Key clinical point: Coping behaviors, such as avoidance and suppression, are linked to more depressive symptoms in type 2 diabetes patients, a finding that suggests that depression might be undertreated in this population.

Major finding: About 30% of type 2 diabetes patients met criteria for possible depression and 16% met criteria for probable depression, based on the Japanese version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). After adjusting for confounding variables; coping strategies, including emotional expression involving others; avoidance and suppression; and changing one’s point of view, were significantly associated with depression.

Study details: The data come from a cross-sectional study of 435 adults with type 2 diabetes.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Research. Norio Yasui-Furukori, MD, PhD, disclosed serving as a speaker for Dainippon-Sumitomo Pharmaceutical, Mochida Pharmaceutical, and MSD


Yasui-Furukori N et al. Ann Gen Psychiatry. 2019. doi: 10.1186/s12991-019-0235-5.