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Report on Medicine for Tuesday, December 28, 1999 
This is Lou Adler with Report on Medicine. Clinical depression -- the worst 
form of depression -- is more frequent in diabetics than in the general 
population. So-called cognitive behavior treatment -- a kind of talk therapy 
-- can be helpful. It's been found to help medically-healthy depressives as 
well. But Psychologist Patrick Lustman says diabetics must be dealt with 

Ct #1 runs :18 "These patients tend to have really bad things happen to them. 
They lose their vision; they lose sexual function; they have open sores that 
don't heal; they encounter all kinds of problems that result from their 
diabetes, which may or may not make them less responsive to this kind of talk 

Dr. Lustman says a ten-week course in cognitive therapy with these types of 
patients, resulted in an 85 percent durable remission rate.: Ct #2 runs :15 
"And that's an exciting finding for us -- that this is one of the first 
studies that's shown that restoring your mental health for patients with 
medical illness will have a positive effect on your medical illness -- in this 
case, glycemic control."

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