Clinical and Personality Contributors to Alexithymia in Neurotic Patients
It is a well documented fact that alexithymia, a term introduced by Sifneos1, has been initially associated with the classical psychosomatic disorders. However, not all psychosomatic patients exhibit alexithymia, while the latter is not rarely found in patients suffering from other somatic or psychopathological conditions2. Thus, 30% of medically ill patients have been found to be alexithymic3, while a frequent presence of alexithymic characteristics has been observed in patients with somatoform disorders4, psychogenic pain5, drug dependence6, masked depression7 and compulsive, narcissistic or borderline personalities8.
KeywordsStepwise Regression Analysis Neurotic Disorder Alexithymia Score Neurotic Patient Social Anhedonia
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