Diabetes Induced Stockholm Syndrome

Submitted on My Diabetes Secret (Linked)

Submitted on My Diabetes Secret (Linked)

The ever-infallible Wikipedia defines Stockholm syndrome as “a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with them.” When I read this submission, this was the first thing that came to mind. I know this secret isn’t exactly the same as the situation described in classic Stockholm scenarios, but there’s enough similarity to merit some kind of conversation around this.

Add this to the list of things they don’t tell you at diagnosis. With all of the time and energy spent focusing on and managing this disease, to suddenly have that taken away, that away would feel…I don’t know how that would feel. I’m sure I would feel relieved. I’m sure I would be incredibly grateful. I’m sure life would go on. But despite my efforts to not let diabetes define who I am, it is an integral part of me.

I’m not a psychologist, but I know enough smart people to pass this along to: is there a medical term for this kind of association with a condition, disease, or mentality? Diabetes isn’t necessarily a ‘hostage taker’ or a ‘captor’, even if it can feel like it at times, but can you really have the kind of emotional breakdown associated with Stockholm syndrome and a person (or persons) with an inanimate ‘captor’ like a chronic disease?

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SugarFree Spotlight: Nate G.

I’ve known Nate since around 1997. At first we were friends out of convenience, since we both knew a mutual friend who eventually moved to Alaska. Eventually we became great friends, and (although he wont admit it) he followed me to Virginia Tech. This also means he’s known me since D-Day. Needless to say, we’ve been through a lot together. I’ve asked Nate for a candid perspective on my Diabetes, the words are his own and unedited. Cause that’s how we roll. Continue reading