Some people have always had to find ways of living with long term conditions such as diabetes or celiac disease, but as people live longer, increasing numbers of us now experience long-term poor health. While some conditions that previously limited the length of life are manageable a growing number of people live with long-term conditions. Against this backdrop, Long-Term Conditions explores the complex issues surrounding the experience of long-term illness and the enormous pressure this puts on individuals, their families and careers and on health and social care services.

The perspectives of each of these groups are voiced within this book, with chapters written by people who use health and social care services, careers, policy-makers and practitioners.

Using a variety of research methods to get to the heart of the matter, the book probes assumptions about the experience of long-term poor health and what constitutes good care. Its aim is to challenge readers to think critically about existing policy and provision and to inspire change based on sound evidence and a drive towards greater multi-professional working.

Long-Term Conditions provides academics, practitioners and students with a thorough grounding in the complex issues surrounding the experience and management of long-term illness. It is an ideal text for courses on policy, management and practice in health and social care.

Experiencing Depression and Diabetes

Experiencing depression and diabetes
KatharineBarnard
Cathy E.Lloyd

Overview

  • Depression – how well is it understood?
  • The relationship between diabetes and depression
  • Overlap of the symptoms of depression and poorly controlled diabetes: the experiences of people with both these long-term conditions
  • Understanding the experience of depression and diabetes burnout
  • Health and social care in the context of depression
  • Challenges for practice

Depression is a term widely used but little understood. People often report feeling depressed when actually they're having a bad day or feeling low or fed up. Yet depression is a major, disabling illness affecting millions of people worldwide. The existing World Health Organization definition of depression is: ‘a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or ...

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