Abstract: Rural Australians are shown to have poorer health and mental-health outcomes compared with their metropolitan counterparts, particularly for diabetes. Individuals with diabetes often meet criteria for comorbid mental-health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. Psychological treatment, as an adjunct to medical care, for individuals with diabetes is shown to improve overall health and wellbeing. This article describes a 38-year-old male who was referred to a very remote primary health care service by his diabetes educator for strategies to reduce work-related stress and improve his diabetes mismanagement. Mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy techniques were used, over six sessions, in the context of a rural and very remote community. Pre- and post-intervention measures showed a reduction in anxiety, distress, and improvement in his perception of his quality of life. Clinical implications for psychological treatment of diabetes and comorbid mental-health issues in rural and remote communities are discussed.
Caldwell, Julia M., Patterson-Kane, Lisa, 2014, The treatment of comorbid anxiety in a male with poorly controlled diabetes in a very remote primary health care service, Volume:13, Journal Article, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14754.