Social Anxiety and Diabetes

By amyrenae1019 Latest Reply 2013-05-28 10:24:18 -0500
Started 2013-05-27 18:06:38 -0500

Dealing with mental illness is rough. I was diagnosed with social anxiety and generalized anxiety disorders in my mid 20's. I also suffer from major depressive disorder. Having said that I know that the mental conditions are influencing how well I manage my diabetes and other "physical" health problems. The depression makes having the motivation to do the things I know I'm supposed to do very hard most days. My doctor recently recommended I go to a diabetes education class. The class is held in a near by city and will have a large number of other diabetics in attendance, which is my problem. I simply do not do well in a crowd. Do any of you have any suggestions for dealing with this problem? As of now I have put off the class because the fear of panic attacks and anxiety attacks is too much for me to bear. Have any of you had similar experiences?

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Gwen214 2013-05-28 10:24:18 -0500 Report

I'm not a group person either, I just end up not talking. I opt out the group thing and spoke to a counselor on a one on one. The group support I get online, which is DC. But face to face group therapy…nope, but that's just me. , I get the anxiety as well.

Caroltoo 2013-05-27 20:10:02 -0500 Report

The class could give you a lot of good information and places/references where you can look for more information. Personally, the more informed I am, the better I feel about being able to take charge of it and deal effectively with it.

As for the social anxiety, if a large class frightens you, you can go and sit on the sidelines where you know you easily have the option of walking out and taking a break to slow your pulse and breathing. Many buildings have small internal gardens or fountains and you could find a spot where you could take a calming time out, if your felt you would need to. The more you prepare positive alternatives and options, the more comfortable you will feel on class day.

Do you take meds for anxiety? If you do, your doc might have some suggestions for you.

If the trip itself is apart of the problem, you could do the trip as a practice run and once you are comfortable with it, add on the class. Figure out what you are comfortable with and then make yourself stretch that boundary a little way. If you keep trying, you will eventually find you can do it! Then you will be so proud of your accomplishment!