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Vol 3, No 1 (2006)
Review paper
Published online: 2006-03-23
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Alexithymia - there are still a lot of questions. Part II. Alexithymia in selected psychiatric and somatic disorders

Dorota Płońska, Luiza Hnat, Joanna Grzesiewska, Andrzej Czernikiewicz
Psychiatria 2006;3(1):8-14.

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Vol 3, No 1 (2006)
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Published online: 2006-03-23

Abstract

Over the years alexithymia has been associated primarily with psychosomatic disorders. An increasing body of studies indicates that alexithymic features exist also in other severe and chronic somatic diseases and psychiatric disorders, for example anxiety and depressive disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders. The results suggest that alexithymia has a close relationship to depression and anxiety. There is considerable debate about whether alexithymia is a stable trait or a transient state that is secondary to psychological distress associated with stressful situations. Several different pathways potentially accounts for the relationship between alexithymia and other diseases. It seems that we still in the progress of understanding of basic mechanisms of alexithymia. The clinical relevance remains to be determined.

Abstract

Over the years alexithymia has been associated primarily with psychosomatic disorders. An increasing body of studies indicates that alexithymic features exist also in other severe and chronic somatic diseases and psychiatric disorders, for example anxiety and depressive disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders. The results suggest that alexithymia has a close relationship to depression and anxiety. There is considerable debate about whether alexithymia is a stable trait or a transient state that is secondary to psychological distress associated with stressful situations. Several different pathways potentially accounts for the relationship between alexithymia and other diseases. It seems that we still in the progress of understanding of basic mechanisms of alexithymia. The clinical relevance remains to be determined.
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Keywords

alexithymia; eating disorders

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Title

Alexithymia - there are still a lot of questions. Part II. Alexithymia in selected psychiatric and somatic disorders

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 3, No 1 (2006)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

8-14

Published online

2006-03-23

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2006;3(1):8-14.

Keywords

alexithymia
eating disorders

Authors

Dorota Płońska
Luiza Hnat
Joanna Grzesiewska
Andrzej Czernikiewicz

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