Korean Diabetes J.  2009 Jun;33(3):178-182. 10.4093/kdj.2009.33.3.178.

Diabetes, Depression and Doctor-Patient Relationship

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Art Therapy, Daegu Cyber University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea.


Although diabetes mellitus (DM) is treatable, it is still not curable. Its chronicity is associated with a high prevalence of psychiatric disorders, especially depression in type 2 DM and learned helplessness in type 1 DM. In turn, this depression and helplessness may affect a patient's adherence to medical appointments, compliance to treatment, and effective doctor-patient relationships, which are vital to promising outcomes. This study reviews the existing literature regarding the interactional relationships between depression, DM and the doctor/patient relationship, and also suggests certain aspects of the doctor/patient relationship which can contribute to more successful treatment outcomes.


Depression; Diabetes mellitus; Learned helplessness; Object attachment; Physician-patient relations

MeSH Terms

Appointments and Schedules
Diabetes Mellitus
Helplessness, Learned
Object Attachment
Physician-Patient Relations

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