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Hypoglycemia : a study of counseling and noncounseling individuals

The purpose of this study was to determine whether people who seek counseling help show characteristics of hypoglycemia. A search of the literature supports the hypothesis: People in counseling could exhibit the characteristics of people with hypoglycemia. An inherent premise which will prevail in this thesis is that individuals need to be physiologically sound prior to on-going counseling. The literature overwhelmingly supports this. A questionnaire was devised and tested out among a select group of people to see if it would elicit the type of responses expected. After the questionnaire was sampled, it was given to two groups. The first group was comprised of fifty individuals involved in psychotherapy at a counseling center in the South Bay area (hereon referred to as the study group). The other group consisted of fifty individuals selected at random from a Los Angeles beach (hereon referred to as the control group). None of these people were in counseling. The questionnaire sought information as to whether people consumed the types of foods and felt the types of symptoms, supported by the literature, as contributing the most to hypoglycemia. It also differentiated between the two most important characteristics of hypoglycemia - - depression and anxiety. It differentiated as to the times the depression and anxiety felt the worst during any one particular day. (See more in text.)

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