A Practical Guide for Diabetes Care Providers

Ambivalence is the psychological state in which a person experiences inconsistent drives; both toward and away from the recommended behaviour. In this paper we demonstrate that hypoglycaemia is a fear event and is likely to elicit strong drives to avoid future hypoglycaemia as a fear coping strategy. The purpose of this paper, authored in part by Can-Change member Dr. Michael Vallis, is to review the evidence on the psychological consequences of hypoglycaemia and to outline fear management strategies that can be implemented by diabetes care providers.