April 1980

Group Therapy With Blind Diabetics

Author Affiliations

From Retina Associates, Boston (Ms Oehler-Giarratana), and the Department of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (Dr Fitzgerald).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980;37(4):463-467. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780170105012

• In a short-term therapy group for adult diabetics who were going blind, the issues most frequently raised concerned diabetic control, complications (including fear of death and retinopathy), rehabilitation, relationship with others, and group awareness. The meetings helped participants understand and accept their condition and begin rehabilitation. "Limbo" as an important and difficult experience is elucidated. We make recommendations for implementing these findings with other newly blind patients.