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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227790/interpersonal-and-intrapersonal-emotional-processes-in-individuals-treated-for-alcohol-use-disorder-and-non-addicted-healthy-individuals
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Maciej Kopera, Elisa M Trucco, Andrzej Jakubczyk, Hubert Suszek, Aneta Michalska, Aleksandra Majewska, Natalia Szejko, Agata Łoczewska, Aleksandra Krasowska, Anna Klimkiewicz, Kirk J Brower, Robert A Zucker, Marcin Wojnar
INTRODUCTION: Prior work largely confirms the presence of various emotional processing deficits among individuals with an alcohol use disorder (AUD); however, their specificity and relevance still warrant investigation. The aim of the current study was to compare selected aspects of emotional processing (i.e., mental state recognition, alexithymia, and emotional intelligence) between individuals treated for an AUD and healthy individuals. METHODS: The AUD sample consisted of 92 abstinent men with AUD who were participating in an 8-week inpatient abstinence-based treatment program in Warsaw, Poland...
December 5, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222633/characterising-youth-with-callous-unemotional-traits-and-concurrent-anxiety-evidence-for-a-high-risk-clinical-group
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Charlotte A M Cecil, Eamon J McCrory, Edward D Barker, Jo Guiney, Essi Viding
Growing evidence supports the existence of two variants of youth with high callous-unemotional (CU) traits who present with markedly different risk profiles and outcomes, with potential implications for risk assessment and treatment formulation. So far, studies have identified variants of CU youth mainly using data-driven cluster approaches based on levels of CU traits and co-occurring anxiety. Yet, the extent to which this knowledge may be translated into clinical practice is unclear. To this end, the present study employed a severity-based, cut-off approach to systematically characterise CU groups across a range of clinically informative domains, including trauma history, psychiatric symptomatology, affective functioning, attachment style and behavioural risk...
December 8, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179707/selective-impairment-of-decision-making-under-ambiguity-in-alexithymia
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Lei Zhang, Xue Wang, Yu Zhu, Hongchen Li, Chunyan Zhu, Fengqiong Yu, Kai Wang
BACKGROUND: Alexithymia is characterised by difficulties identifying and describing emotions. Few studies have investigated how alexithymia influences decision-making under different conditions (ambiguity and risk). This study aimed to examine whether alexithymia contributes to impairment in decision-making. METHOD: This study included 42 participants with high scores in the Chinese version of Toronto Alexithymia Scale (alexithymia group), and 44 matched subjects with low scores (control group)...
November 28, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175504/neurological-soft-signs-dissociation-and-alexithymia-in-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-and-healthy-subjects
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Zafer Tapancı, Abdullah Yıldırım, Murat Boysan
A body of evidence has supported that patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have increased rates of various neurological soft signs (NSS) compared to controls. Various lines of research has documented robust relationships between OCD and dissociative symptomatology. The study aimed to examine the associations between obsessive-compulsive symptoms, dissociative experiences alexithymia, and NSS. The study included thirty OCD patients and thirty healthy controls, matched for age, marital status, education, and income...
November 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163242/alexithymia-is-associated-with-tinnitus-severity
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Jan Wielopolski, Tobias Kleinjung, Melanie Koch, Nicole Peter, Martin Meyer, Michael Rufer, Steffi Weidt
Objective: Alexithymia is considered to be a personality trait with a tendency to express psychological distress in somatic rather than emotional form and, therefore, may play a vital role in somatization. Although, such a propensity can be found in patients suffering from tinnitus, the relationship between alexithymic characteristics and the subjective experience of tinnitus severity remains yet unclear. Our aim was to evaluate which alexithymic characteristics are linked to the subjective experience of tinnitus symptomatology...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156359/emotion-regulation-deficits-in-persons-with-body-focused-repetitive-behavior-disorders
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Jennifer R Alexander, David C Houghton, Christopher C Bauer, Heather C Lench, Douglas W Woods
BACKGROUND: Conceptualizations of emotion dysregulation (ED) and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders (BFRBDs) imply that ED may be a central component of BFRBDs as well as a factor that distinguishes BFRBDs from non-impairing, subclinical body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). The current study empirically tested these observations. METHODS: One hundred thirty-eight undergraduates (of 1900 who completed a screening survey) completed self-report measures assessing four emotion regulation (ER) deficits hypothesized to underlie ED (alexithymia, maladaptive emotional reactivity, experiential avoidance, and response inhibition when distressed); 34 of these participants had BFRBDs, 64 had subclinical BFRBs, and 42 were unaffected by BFRBs...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154612/alexithymia-is-associated-with-a-multidomain-multidimensional-failure-of-interoception-evidence-from-novel-tests
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Jennifer Murphy, Caroline Catmur, Geoffrey Bird
Interoception, the perception of the body's internal state, contributes to numerous aspects of higher-order cognition. Several theories suggest a causal role for atypical interoception in specific psychiatric disorders, including a recent claim that atypical interoception represents a transdiagnostic impairment across disorders characterized by reduced perception of one's own emotion (alexithymia). Such theories are supported predominantly by evidence from only one interoceptive domain (cardiac); however, evidence of domain-specific interoceptive ability highlights the need to assess interoception in noncardiac domains...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. General
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150757/invisible-side-of-emotions-somato-motor-responses-to-affective-facial-displays-in-alexithymia
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Cristina Scarpazza, Elisabetta Làdavas, Luigi Cattaneo
According to recent theories, the detection of emotions involves somatic experiences. In this study, we investigated the relation between somatic responses to affective stimuli, emotion perception, and alexithymia. Variations in automatic rapid facial reactions (RFRs) were measured in a selected population of participants with high and low levels of alexithymia (HA and LA, respectively). Electromyographic activity was recorded from the corrugator supercilii and the zygomaticus major, while participants performed a gender classification task on faces expressing various emotional states...
November 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147944/relationship-between-midas-depression-anxiety-and-alexithymia-in-migraine-patients
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Pınar Yalınay Dikmen, Elif Onur Aysevener, Seda Kosak, Elif Ilgaz Aydınlar, Ayşe Sağduyu Kocaman
The co-existence of psychiatric comorbidities with migraine is well known; however, the relationship between alexithymia and migraine has not been persuasively shown yet. The aim of the study was to assess the relationships between migraine-related disability, depression, anxiety and alexithymia. One hundred and forty-five migraine patients (33.18 ± 8.6; 111 females, 34 males), and 50 control subjects (29.06 ± 7.6; 34 females, 16 males) were prospectively enrolled for the study. The participants completed a demographic data form and Migraine Disability Assessment Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory and Toronto Alexithymia Score-20 (TAS-20)...
November 16, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141362/-evaluation-of-the-psychological-feature-and-quality-of-life-in-outpatients-with-somatic-symptoms-disorder-in-a-general-hospital
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F H Cui, N N Xiong, X Hong, Y P Duan, J Wei
Objective: To explore the psychological features and quality of life in outpatients with somatic symptoms disorder in a general hospital. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted from 2014-05 to 2015-06. Patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and somatic symptoms disorder (SSD) were recruited from psychological outpatient department, and patients with peptic ulcer (PU) / reflux esophagitis (RE) were recruited from Gastroenterology. Depression scale of the patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9), Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item scale (GAD-7), Toronto Alexithymia scale (TAS), 12-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-12), items from Somatoform Disorder Screening Questionnaire were employed to evaluate the severity of depression, anxiety, alexithymia, quality of life, health care use and subjective feelings...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139302/autism-spectrum-disorder-and-interoception-abnormalities-in-global-integration
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Timothy R Hatfield, Rhonda F Brown, Melita J Giummarra, Bigna Lenggenhager
Research over the past three decades has seen a revived interest in the way the human body-and the way in which it is perceived-interacts with aspects of our experience. Consequently, interoception (i.e. the perception of physiological feedback from the body) has recently been shown to be associated with a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and affective functions, making it broadly relevant to the study of autism spectrum disorder. Although limited qualitative accounts and empirical studies suggest that individuals with autism spectrum disorder encounter abnormalities when perceiving and integrating physiological feedback from their bodies, other studies have suggested that people with/without autism spectrum disorder do not differ in interoceptive ability after accounting for alexithymia...
November 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131687/the-questionnaire-of-cognitive-and-affective-empathy-a-comparison-between-paper-and-pencil-versus-online-formats-in-italian-samples
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Marzia Di Girolamo, Luciano Giromini, Christina L Winters, Colinda M B Serie, Corine de Ruiter
The most recent conceptualizations of empathy recognize affective empathy as distinct from cognitive empathy. Consequently, instruments that assess these 2 types of empathy have been developed. Among them, the Questionnaire of Cognitive and Affective Empathy (QCAE) is a particularly promising, relatively new, self-report measure consisting of 31 items. To examine the cross-cultural adaptability of the QCAE, we investigated the psychometric properties of an Italian version in 2 samples and with 2 different formats of administration...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127814/alexithymia-not-fibromyalgia-predicts-the-attribution-of-pain-to-anger-related-facial-expressions
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Marialaura Di Tella, Ivan Enrici, Lorys Castelli, Fabrizio Colonna, Enrico Fusaro, Ada Ghiggia, Annunziata Romeo, Valentina Tesio, Mauro Adenzato
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome characterized by chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain, occurring predominantly in women. Previous studies have shown that patients with FM display a pattern of selective processing or cognitive bias which fosters the encoding of pain-related information. The present study tested the hypothesis of an increased attribution of pain to facial expressions of emotions (FEE), in patients with FM. As previous studies have shown that alexithymia influences the processing of facial expressions, independent of specific clinical conditions, we also investigated whether alexithymia, rather than FM per se, influenced attribution of pain to FEE...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119797/alexithymia-predicts-loss-chasing-for-people-at-risk-for-problem-gambling
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Peter A Bibby, Katherine E Ross
Background and aims The aim of this research was to investigate the relationship between alexithymia and loss-chasing behavior in people at risk and not at risk for problem gambling. Methods An opportunity sample of 58 (50 males and 8 females) participants completed the Problem Gambling Severity Index and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). They then completed the Cambridge Gambling Task from which a measure of loss-chasing behavior was derived. Results Alexithymia and problem gambling risk were significantly positively correlated...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114236/patterns-of-joint-improvisation-in-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Rachel-Shlomit Brezis, Lior Noy, Tali Alony, Rachel Gotlieb, Rachel Cohen, Yulia Golland, Nava Levit-Binnun
Recent research on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) suggests that individuals with autism may have a basic deficit in synchronizing with others, and that this difficulty may lead to more complex social and communicative deficits. Here, we examined synchronization during an open-ended joint improvisation (JI) paradigm, called the mirror game (MG). In the MG, two players take turns leading, following, and jointly improvising motion using two handles set on parallel tracks, while their motion tracks are recorded with high temporal and spatial resolution...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112985/the-relation-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Fabio Basta, Giulio Dolcini, Veronica Batani, Luca Navarini, Antonella Afeltra
INTRODUCTION: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is associated to an increased prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome (MeS) and to a reduction of Quality of Life (QoL). The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between MeS and QoL in SLE. METHODS: SLE patients were consecutively enrolled in a cross sectional study. MeS was defined according to IFD definition. Therapy with glucocorticoids (GC) and antimalarial was analyzed as cumulative years of exposure. We used a cut off of 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110306/coping-strategies-and-perceived-social-support-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-relationship-with-alexithymia
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Marialaura Di Tella, Valentina Tesio, Ada Ghiggia, Annunziata Romeo, Fabrizio Colonna, Enrico Fusaro, Giuliano Carlo Geminiani, Maria Bruzzone, Riccardo Torta, Lorys Castelli
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by high levels of psychological distress and alexithymia, a personality disposition affecting emotional self-awareness. The main aim of the present study was to investigate for the first time the relationship between alexithymia and coping strategies on the one hand, and alexithymia and perceived social support on the other, in a sample of FM patients. To reach this aim, 153 FM patients completed a battery of tests assessing coping strategies, perceived social support, alexithymia, psychological distress and pain intensity...
November 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107201/alexithymia-and-problematic-alcohol-use-a-critical-update
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K E Cruise, R Becerra
There has been a substantial growth in empirical research aimed at examining the co-occurrence of alexithymia and problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD) since Thorberg, Young, Sullivan, and Lyvers (2009) original review article. The objective of the present paper is therefore to provide a critical update review of research on alexithymia and problematic alcohol use published since 2009. A systematic search was conducted through PsychINFO, Medline, and ProQuest databases to obtain relevant literature published between 2009 and 2016...
October 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096282/women-s-experiences-of-living-with-postnatal-ptsd
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Susanne Peeler, Jacqui Stedmon, Man Cheung Chung, Heather Skirton
the mental health of new mothers is a public health concern as it is likely to have an impact on the mother herself, her close relationships and the behavioural and emotional health of her children. Post-traumatic stress disorder affects some women after childbirth. OBJECTIVE: the aim of this study was to explore how women were affected by the memories of a birth that they perceived as traumatic. DESIGN: in this paper the authors report the qualitative analysis of interview data from seven postnatal women reporting symptoms of PTSD...
October 13, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094768/how-do-self-assessment-of-alexithymia-and-sensitivity-to-bodily-sensations-relate-to-alcohol-consumption
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Sophie Betka, Gaby Pfeifer, Sarah Garfinkel, Hielke Prins, Rod Bond, Henrique Sequeira, Theodora Duka, Hugo Critchley
BACKGROUND: Alexithymia describes an abnormality of emotional experience that is commonly expressed among individuals with addiction and alcohol abuse disorders. Alexithymic individuals are characterized by difficulties in identifying and describing their emotions. This impairment is linked to the development and maintenance of addiction. Moreover, an emergent theory suggests alexithymia is itself secondary to a failure of interoception (sensitivity to internal bodily signals, including physiological arousal states)...
November 2, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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