Thursday, April 21, 2011

Diabetophobia: The Fear of Diabetes

Diabetophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of diabetes.  Those who suffer from this phobia will take any measure necessary to avoid becoming a diabetic.  They may not even have any risk factors for the disease, but still fear getting it.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Diabetophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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