Response to “Letter to the Editor: The Overlap Between Alexithymia and Asperger’s Syndrome”, Fitzgerald and Bellgrove, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(4)
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We read with interest the letter of Fitzgerald and Bellgrove outlining their views on the possibility of an overlap between Alexithymia and Asperger syndrome (Fitzgerald & Bellgrove, 2006). It is refreshing to see that others are noting a similarity between certain aspects of these two conditions. However, a number of relevant studies were not mentioned. Consequently we feel that it is important to provide information concerning direct studies of this topic, as well as of recent neuroimaging studies of alexithymia, in order to provide a broader, and more direct base of evidence with which to inform these discussions.
We have reported data from two studies investigating the presence of alexithymia-type symptoms in a group of high-functioning adults with ASD, many of whom had a specific diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. In the first of these studies, we assessed levels of alexithymia using the TAS-20 (Bagby, Parker, & Taylor, 1994; Bagby, Taylor, & Parker, 1994) in a group of...
KeywordsAutism Spectrum Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Emotion Regulation Asperger Syndrome Borderline Personality Disorder
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