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Diabetes and Anxiety

It is believed that approximately 20 percent of the diabetic population meet the criteria for a diagnosis of anxiety. Anxiety arises due to a number of thought processes including fear of social rejection by friends as a direct result of being diagnosed with diabetes.

It is generally the case that friends, family, co-workers and peers are accepting of diabetes, some might require a little help understanding exactly what it is. Explain the condition of diabetes can in some people cause anxiety, worrying about what they should say when asked about the condition and how people may respond.

Diabetic people may develop anxiety about getting a hypoglycaemic episode in public or at work or even alone. Distress and anxiety may arise over how a hypo could affect social relationships and concern over what could happen if it happened while alone, potentially unable to bring themselves out of the hypo.