Brief report: Depression and history of suicide attempts in adults with new-onset Type 2 Diabetes

Alyson K. Myers, Bruce D. Grannemann, Ildiko Lingvay, Madhukar H. Trivedi

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Aim: To assess past suicide attempts in a cohort of adults with Type 2 Diabetes diagnosed within the prior 24 months. Methods: Outpatients were recruited from diabetes education classes or diabetes shared medical appointment. Participants aged 18 or over with a self-reported diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) in the prior 24 months completed questionnaires about medical (including diabetes), psychiatric, and social history. Participants also completed two screening questionnaires for depression: Patient Health Questionnaire 9 and the Questionnaire Inventory for Depressive Symptoms-Self Report. Those who screened positive for depression had confirmatory testing with a clinician administered Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) checklist. Results: In this convenience sample of 145 patients with Type 2 Diabetes, 9.7% of patients had history of a suicide attempt and 38.2% met diagnosis for major depressive disorder (MDD). Patients with MDD were more likely to have a history of suicide attempts than those without MDD (p= 0.0002). Of the patients with prior suicide attempts, 50% screened positive for MDD at the time of the survey. Conclusion: In patients with newly-diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes the rate of past suicide attempts was nearly 10%, which is twice the rate seen in the general population. The rate of past suicide attempts in currently depressed patients with diabetes is 21.8%. These findings suggest the need for monitoring patients with diabetes and depression for future suicide risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2810-2814
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Depression
  • Suicide attempts
  • Type 2 Diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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