The fear of diabetes
is called Diabetophobia. Diabetophobia, the fear of diabetes
just like any other phobia, is an anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of diabetes
. Fot Diabetophobia to actually be identified it has to typically result in a rapid onset of fear and is usually present for more than six months.
Diabetophobia Physical Symptoms
People that suffer from Diabetophobia the fear of diabetes
, experience panic attacks more often than not. No matter how overwhelming the feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing
- A need to go to the toilet
Diabetophobia Psychological Symptoms
- fear of losing control
- fear of fainting
- feelings of dread
- fear of dying
- fear of harm or illness
- guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- anxiety and fear
Having fear of diabetes
can be very distressing and create a lot of disruptons in the sufferes life. But Diabetophobia is treatable. The different options available span between mdication and talking therapy.
Exposure-based treatments are the first-line approach in the treatment of Diabetophobia. In this type of treatment, you are gradually and progressively exposed to the fear of diabetes
. You might start by just thinking about your fear of diabetes
and then move slowly toward looking at images of the object and finally being near the object in real life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Often referred to as CBT, cognitive behaviorial therapy involves learning to identify the underlying negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of fear of diabetes
. And learning to counter those thoughts by better more joyous thoughts.
Medications may be prescribed in some cases to help manage some of the symptoms you might be experiencing as a result of Diabetophobia. Medications your doctor might prescribe include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), beta-blockers, and anti-anxiety drugs.