Type one diabetes and Anxiety

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I have been a type one diabetic for 11 years. I was recently diagnosed with anxiety this past November after two hospital visits and many tests. I was curious if anyone else has type one diabetes and anxiety and what kind of physical symptoms you deal with and what you have done or learned to control such symptoms. n

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    Yup 😦 My anxiety hit in July last year. I was really bad, panic attacks, racing thoughts, tight chest, boiling hot sensation in my arms, detachment....among others. I was prescribed citalopram which has helped massively. No more physical symptoms just the odd butterflies & a little detachment, usually around my period when hormones can effect the medication apparently. If you can maintain it without meds I would. I used herbal medication before as I used to suffer on and off but mild in comparison to July.

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      I've had a variety of body sensation and detachment. It was really bad in the beginning but since being on Venlafaxine felt a lot better. Still have little sensations and detachment but the biggest concern for me has been having the body sensation of low blood sugar that I am use to with the diabetes but my blood sugar is fine. So it has been harder to control my blood sugar than I am use to.

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      Yes I have this too. 😦 Way before I got really ill with anxiety in July, I would start to feel as though I was taking a hypo, and just like you I would test and be fine. This is just another joyful symptom anxiety gives us I believe. My GP put it down to anxiety a long time ago. I don't experience it as much now, but now and again I get it. It's a hard illness to control is anxiety, never mind diabetes alone. I'm glad your meds are helping you along the way.

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    Yup 😦 My anxiety hit in July last year. I was really bad, panic attacks, racing thoughts, tight chest, boiling hot sensation in my arms, detachment....among others. I was prescribed citalopram which has helped massively. No more physical symptoms just the odd butterflies & a little detachment, usually around my period when hormones can effect the medication apparently. If you can maintain it without meds I would. I used herbal medication before as I used to suffer on and off but mild in comparison to July.

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    Relaxation methods such as the ones listed above are all be effective in relieving stress. Mindfulness based training in combination with diabetes management are proving an invaluable approach to aid the process of acceptance, while alleviating anxiety and stress.

    Research conducted at the psychology department at Stanford University used brain imaging technologies to examine the effect of mindfulness training on social anxiety. They reported that participants who completed the mindfulness course showed reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression and demonstrated an enhanced self-esteem.

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