1Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen
2Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Psychocardiology, Benekestr. 2-8, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany
*Corresponding author: M Stingl, Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Giessen site, Klinikstr. 36, 35385 Giessen, Germany
Submission: February 09, 2018; Published: April 02, 2018
ISSN: 2578-0263Volume1 Issue3
Objective: The course of the diabetes is significantly determined by individual behavior. In addition to disease-specific knowledge, self-care and adequate responses to emotional needs seem to be vital for a sufficient glycemic control.
Method: We examined the emotional impairments in 121 type I and type II diabetics by measuring their extent of alexithymic characteristics via the Toronto-Alexithymia-Scale (TAS-26).
Results: Both diabetic patients (type I and type II) showed significant more difficulties in identifying and verbalizing emotions than the norm sample, but a lower external-oriented thinking style. In this context, we found no differences between type I and type II diabetics. The implications of these findings for the diabetes care are discussed.