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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735971/-lacking-warmth-alexithymia-trait-is-related-to-warm-specific-thermal-somatosensory-processing
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Khatereh Borhani, Elisabetta Làdavas, Aikaterini Fotopoulou, Patrick Haggard
Alexithymia is a personality trait involving deficits in emotional processing. The personality construct has been extensively validated, but the underlying neural and physiological systems remain controversial. One theory suggests that low-level somatosensory mechanisms act as somatic markers of emotion, underpinning cognitive and affective impairments in alexithymia. In two separate samples (total N=100), we used an established Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) battery to probe multiple neurophysiological submodalities of somatosensation, and investigated their associations with the widely-used Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20)...
July 20, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726284/alexithymia-among-jordanian-university-students-its-prevalence-and-correlates-with-depression-anxiety-stress-and-demographics
#2
Shaher H Hamaideh
PURPOSE: The aim of the article is to identify the prevalence, levels, and associated factors of alexithymia among Jordanian university students. DESIGN AND METHODS: Using stratified cluster random sampling, data were collected from 492 students using Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS-21). FINDINGS: The prevalence of alexithymia, depression, anxiety, and stress were 24.6, 28.5, 38.4, and 22...
July 20, 2017: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712432/alexithymia-in-eating-disorders-systematic-review-and-meta-analyses-of-studies-using-the-toronto-alexithymia-scale
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REVIEW
Heather Westwood, Jess Kerr-Gaffney, Daniel Stahl, Kate Tchanturia
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to synthesise the literature on the use of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) in eating disorder populations and Healthy Controls (HCs) and to compare TAS scores in these groups. METHOD: Electronic databases were searched systematically for studies using the TAS and meta-analyses were performed to statistically compare scores on the TAS between individuals with eating disorders and HCs. RESULTS: Forty-eight studies using the TAS with both a clinical eating disorder group and HCs were identified...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693577/somatoform-dissociation-and-posttraumatic-stress-syndrome-two-sides-of-the-same-medal-a-comparison-of-symptom-profiles-trauma-history-and-altered-affect-regulation-between-patients-with-functional-neurological-symptoms-and-patients-with-ptsd
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Johanna Kienle, Brigitte Rockstroh, Martin Bohus, Johanna Fiess, Silke Huffziger, Astrid Steffen-Klatt
BACKGROUND: History of traumatic experience is common in dissociative disorder (DD), and similarity of symptoms and characteristics between DD and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) encouraged to consider DD as trauma-related disorder. However, conceptualization of DD as a trauma-related syndrome would critically affect diagnosis and treatment strategies. The present study addressed overlap and disparity of DD and PTSD by directly comparing correspondence of symptoms, adverse/traumatic experience, and altered affect regulation between patients diagnosed with dissociative disorder (characterized by negative functional neurological symptoms) and patients diagnosed with PTSD...
July 11, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691518/typical-pain-experience-but-underestimation-of-others-pain-emotion-perception-in-self-and-others-in-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Hanna Thaler, Joshua C Skewes, Line Gebauer, Peer Christensen, Kenneth M Prkachin, Else-Marie Jegindø Elmholdt
Difficulties in emotion perception are commonly observed in autism spectrum disorder. However, it is unclear whether these difficulties can be attributed to a general problem of relating to emotional states, or whether they specifically concern the perception of others' expressions. This study addressed this question in the context of pain, a sensory and emotional state with strong social relevance. We investigated pain evaluation in self and others in 16 male individuals with autism spectrum disorder and 16 age- and gender-matched individuals without autism spectrum disorder...
July 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688264/the-role-of-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-volume-in-the-association-of-expressive-suppression-and-externally-oriented-thinking
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Xu Li, Jiamei Lu, Bingbing Li, Haijiang Li, Li Jin, Jiang Qiu
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested that expressive suppression (ES) is linked to externally oriented thinking (EOT) through the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), and there are gender differences in their association. The present structural magnetic resonance imaging study was to investigate the neural bases of ES and EOT and their association in females versus males in a Chinese college sample. METHODS: A total of 142 participants (83 females) were enrolled, and they completed the ES subscale of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire, 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale, and anatomical scanning...
November 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680305/alexithymia-and-somatization-in-depressed-patients-the-role-of-the-type-of-somatic-symptom-attribution
#7
Okan Taycan, Armağan Özdemir, Serap Erdoğan Taycan
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to establish the association between alexithymia and various factors, mainly somatization, and to determine the predictors of alexithymia in depressed patients. METHODS: A total of 90 patients with major depressive disorder who met The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria were administered the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), Beck Depression Inventory, Symptom Checklist-90 (SCL-90), Somatosensory Amplification Scale, and Symptom Interpretation Questionnaire...
June 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667926/momentary-emotion-identification-in-female-adolescents-with-and-without-anorexia-nervosa
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David R Kolar, Michael Huss, Hanna M Preuss, Ekkehart Jenetzky, Ann F Haynos, Arne Bürger, Florian Hammerle
Individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN) often report difficulties in identifying emotions, which have been mostly studied as an alexithymia trait. In a controlled two-day ecological momentary assessment, we studied the influence of time of day and aversive tension on self-reported momentary emotion identification. Analysis on an aggregated level revealed a significant lower mean emotion identification in the AN group. In a mixed model analysis, the AN group showed lower emotion identification than the control group (HC)...
June 23, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666804/cardiovascular-responses-associated-with-the-moving-beans-task-influence-of-psychological-characteristics
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Kazuaki Iokawa, Masanori Munakata, Tomomi Hattori, Shuko Saiki, Toshimasa Sone, Masahiro Kohzuki
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: High blood pressure (BP) after stroke is associated with a poor outcome. However, exercise training or speech therapy for patients with stroke can raise the BP. The aim of this study was to examine cardiovascular responses during the moving beans task (MBT) used in occupational therapy and to study the influence of psychological characteristics on cardiovascular responses during this task in healthy subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 34 healthy volunteers, the BP and the heart rate (HR) were continuously measured during the baseline period, the 5-minute MBT, and the 1-minute cold pressor test (CPT)...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646684/the-relationship-between-non-suicidal-self-injury-and-alexithymia-in-borderline-personality-disorder-actions-instead-of-words
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Ellen Sleuwaegen, Marlies Houben, Laurence Claes, Ann Berens, Bernard Sabbe
INTRODUCTION: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that centers on the inability to effectively regulate emotions. A large amount of BPD patients engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). Given the NSSI contributes to serious health risks, it is important to know why some BPD patients engage in NSSI and others do not. A possible associated factor of NSSI in BPD may be alexithymia, which reflects difficulties in identifying and communicating feelings. Therefore the aim of the present study was to investigate whether NSSI was associated with alexithymia and whether this association still stood when controlling for gender and depression...
August 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636271/dietary-patterns-are-associated-with-the-prevalence-of-alexithymia
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Kirsi Honkalampi, Anu Ruusunen, Heimo Viinamäki, Heli Koivumaa-Honkanen, Minna Valkonen-Korhonen, Soili M Lehto
Recent evidence supports the association between healthy dietary patterns and a reduced risk of depression. The objective was: (1) to examine the associations between dietary patterns and alexithymic features; and (2) investigate whether these possible associations are explained by depressive symptoms in a cross-sectional study among the Finnish general population aged 25-65 years. The study population was a part of the population-based Kuopio Depression Study (KUDEP) conducted in central-eastern Finland (n = 1747)...
June 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628899/correlates-of-child-abuse-potential-among-african-american-and-latina-mothers-a-developmental-ecological-perspective
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Adriana Espinosa, Lesia M Ruglass, Naomi Dambreville, Alina Shevorykin, Ron Nicholson, Kelly M Sykes
The child victimization rate in the US has rapidly grown over the past five years. Today, nine out of every 1000 children are victims of some type of child maltreatment, and lifetime costs of child victimization exceed $100 billion per year. Effective policies promoting fairness and child safety must target the most salient indicators of child maltreatment. In this study, we examined three groups of risk factors for child abuse potential with the goal of identifying the most prominent indicators in a sample of 170 African-American and Latina mothers...
June 16, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622282/towards-a-neurobiological-understanding-of-alexithymia
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REVIEW
Nicolás Meza-Concha, Marcelo Arancibia, Felicia Salas, Rosa Behar, Germán Salas, Hernán Silva, Rocío Escobar
Although the specialized literature on the etiology of alexithymia is controversial, neurobiological research has shown relevant advances. The aim of this review is to analyze the available evidence regarding the neurophysiological bases of alexithymia. A comprehensive review of available articles from Medline/PubMed, EBSCO and SciELO was conducted. Previously, alexithymia was linked to a reduced interhemispheric brain connection. From a childhood traumatic perspective, the right prefrontal cortex and the default mode network would experience alterations, first hypermetabolic (dopaminergic and glutamatergic dysregulation) and then hypometabolic-dissociative (serotonergic and opioid dysregulation), resulting in a distorted interoceptive and emotional awareness...
May 29, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606495/personality-traits-in-psychogenic-nonepileptic-seizures-pnes-and-psychogenic-movement-disorder-pmd-neuroticism-and-perfectionism
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Vindhya Ekanayake, Sarah Kranick, Kathrin LaFaver, Arshi Naz, Anne Frank Webb, W Curt LaFrance, Mark Hallett, Valerie Voon
OBJECTIVE: Psychogenic movement disorder (PMD) and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are two subtypes of conversion disorder (CD). In this case-control study, we asked whether these subtypes varied as a function of personality and history of childhood abuse. METHODS: Fifty-nine patients with PMD from the Human Motor Control Section Clinic at the National Institutes of Health, 43 patients with PNES from the Rhode Island Hospital Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Division, and 26 healthy volunteers (HC) received a battery of neurological, psychiatric and psychological assessments, including the NEO Personality Inventory Revised (NEO PI-R), the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ), and the Traumatic Life Events Questionnaire (TLEQ)...
June 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606490/illuminating-the-clinical-significance-of-alexithymia-subtypes-a-cluster-analysis-of-alexithymic-traits-and-psychiatric-symptoms
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J Kajanoja, N M Scheinin, L Karlsson, H Karlsson, M Karukivi
BACKGROUND: Alexithymia is a personality construct involving difficulties identifying and verbalizing feelings, and an externally oriented thinking style. There is preliminary evidence for alexithymia subtypes that may carry different risk profiles for psychiatric illness. The aim of this study was to gain support for the existence of alexithymia subtypes and further characterize their clinical relevance. METHODS: To identify possible subtypes, a cluster analysis was conducted for individuals with high alexithymic traits (N=113)...
June 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588898/gender-alexithymia-and-physical-inactivity-associated-with-abdominal-obesity-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-a-cross-sectional-study-at-a-secondary-care-hospital-diabetes-clinic
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Eva O Melin, Ralph Svensson, Maria Thunander, Magnus Hillman, Hans O Thulesius, Mona Landin-Olsson
BACKGROUND: Obesity is linked to cardiovascular diseases and increasingly common in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) since the introduction of intensified insulin therapy. Our main aim was to explore associations between obesity and depression, anxiety, alexithymia and self-image measures and to control for lifestyle variables in a sample of persons with T1DM. Secondary aims were to explore associations between abdominal and general obesity and cardiovascular complications in T1DM. METHODS: Cross sectional study of 284 persons with T1DM (age 18-59 years, men 56%), consecutively recruited from one secondary care hospital diabetes clinic in Sweden...
2017: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587607/design-of-a-syndemic-based-intervention-to-facilitate-care-for-men-who-have-sex-with-men-with-high-risk-behaviour-the-syn-bas-in-randomized-controlled-trial
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Roel C A Achterbergh, Jannie J van der Helm, Wim van den Brink, Henry J C de Vries
BACKGROUND: Men who have sex with men (MSM) constitute a risk group for sexual transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Despite counselling interventions, risk behaviour remains high. Syndemic theory holds that psychosocial problems often co-occur, interact and mutually reinforce each other, thereby increasing high risk behaviours and co-occurring diseases. Therefore, if co-occurring psychosocial problems were assessed and treated simultaneously, this might decrease high risk behaviour and disease...
June 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587094/burnout-and-its-relationships-with-alexithymia-stress-and-social-support-among-romanian-medical-students-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
Ovidiu Popa-Velea, Liliana Diaconescu, Alexandra Mihăilescu, Mara Jidveian Popescu, George Macarie
Medical school students often experience emotional difficulties when handling the challenges of their formation, occasionally leading to burnout. In this study, we measured the prevalence of burnout and its relationships with perceived stress, perceived social support, and alexithymia in medical students from the largest academic medical community in Romania. A cross-sectional survey was administered to a randomized sample of 299 preclinical medical students at the University of Medicine in Bucharest. Participants completed four standardized questionnaires...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577473/alexithymia-and-depression-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia-when-the-whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts
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Ada Ghiggia, Annunziata Romeo, Valentina Tesio, Marialaura Di Tella, Fabrizio Colonna, Giuliano Carlo Geminiani, Enrico Fusaro, Lorys Castelli
This study investigated the link between alexithymia and depressive symptoms in Fibromyalgia (FM). 181 FM women and 181 healthy controls (HC) were compared using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale. A moderation analysis was performed to examine the moderation effect of the group (FM vs. HC) on the relationship between alexithymia and depression. Group was a significant moderator, highlighting a stronger relationship between alexithymia and depressive symptoms in the FM compared to HC...
May 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566948/clinical-and-autoimmune-features-of-a-patient-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-seropositive-for-anti-nmda-receptor-autoantibody
#20
Hélène Gréa, Isabelle Scheid, Alexandru Gaman, Véronique Rogemond, Sandy Gillet, Jérôme Honnorat, Federico Bolognani, Christian Czech, Céline Bouquet, Elie Toledano, Manuel Bouvard, Richard Delorme, Laurent Groc, Marion Leboyer
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by dysfunctions in social interactions resulting from a complex interplay between immunogenetic and environmental risk factors. Autoimmunity has been proposed as a major etiological component of ASD. Whether specific autoantibodies directed against brain targets are involved in ASD remains an open question. Here, we identified within a cohort an ASD patient with multiple circulating autoantibodies, including the well-characterized one against glutamate NMDA receptor (NMDAR-Ab)...
March 2017: Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience
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