Original Article: PDF OnlyPsychiatric Illness in Diabetes Mellitus Relationship to Symptoms and Glucose ControlLUSTMAN, PATRICK J. Ph.D.; GRIFFITH, LINDA S. M.S.W.; CLOUSE, RAY E. M.D.; CRYER, PHILIP E. M.D.Author Information Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 4940 Audubon Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110 The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: December 1986 - Volume 174 - Issue 12 - p 736-742 Buy Abstract The lifetime prevalence of psychiatric illness was determined in 114 patients with diabetes mellitus (types I and II) who were selected randomly from patients undergoing diabetes evaluations at a large medical center. The relationship of psychiatric illness to diabetic control was studied using glycosylated hemoglobin (HbAi) and self-report measures of metabolic symptoms. Seventy-one percent of the patients had a lifetime history of at least one criteria-defined psychiatric illness; affective and anxiety disorders were the most common diagnoses. A significant difference (p=.02) in mean glycosylated hemoglobin levels was observed comparing patients with a recent psychiatric illness (X=10.8%) to those never psychiatrically ill (X=9.6%). These psychiatrically ill patients also- reported more symptoms of poor metabolic control and more distress associated with these symptoms than did patients never psychiatrically ill (p<.0001 for both). The overall report of diabetes symptoms was unrelated to HbA1 (p=.25) and was influenced primarily by the recent presence of psychiatric disorder (p<.0001). We conclude that emotional illness is associated with both poorer metabolic control and the increased report of clinical symptoms of diabetes. © Williams & Wilkins 1986. All Rights Reserved.