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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
#2
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
#5
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
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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
#9
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558727/examining-differences-in-cognitive-and-affective-theory-of-mind-between-persons-with-high-and-low-extent-of-somatic-symptoms-an-experimental-study
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Mira A Preis, Dennis Golm, Birgit Kröner-Herwig, Antonia Barke
BACKGROUND: Medically unexplained somatic symptoms are common, associated with disability and strongly related to depression and anxiety disorders. One interesting, but to date rarely tested, hypothesis is that deficits in both theory of mind (ToM) and emotional awareness may undergird the phenomenon of somatization. This study sought to investigate whether or not differences in ToM functioning and self-reported emotional awareness are associated with somatic symptoms in a sample from the general population...
May 30, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558549/what-about-the-different-shortened-versions-of-the-mindful-attention-awareness-scale
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Francesca Chiesi, Maria Anna Donati, Angelo Panno, Mauro Giacomantonio, Caterina Primi
Given the mixed conclusions on the psychometric properties of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) and the variety of subsets of items identified as abbreviated forms, the current study aimed to (a) further investigate the performance of single items and different combinations of items of the MAAS from within an Item Response Theory framework, (b) to expand upon existing knowledge about the coverage of the construct of the scale and its shortened versions. A sample of 914 participants (67.6% women; mean age 23...
January 1, 2017: Psychological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558480/anorexia-nervosa-and-functional-motor-symptoms-two-faces-of-the-same-coin
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Benedetta Demartini, Diana Goeta, Luigi Romito, Simona Anselmetti, Sara Bertelli, Armando D'Agostino, Orsola Gambini
The aim of this study was to compare anorexia nervosa (AN) patients and functional motor symptoms (FMS) patients by assessing their variability in demographic and clinical characteristics, risk factors, precipitators, and family history. The authors assessed levels of depression and anxiety, alexithymia, dissociation, body awareness, self-objectification, and interoception in the two groups, using 20 healthy controls (HCs) as a control group for psychometric assessment and for interoception. Unexpectedly, no differences in the three groups were observed for the measures related to awareness of physical state, including body awareness, self-objectification, and interoceptive ability via the heartbeat task...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551555/decreased-medial-prefrontal-cortex-activation-during-self-referential-processing-in-bipolar-mania
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Dorrit Herold, Tatiana Usnich, Stephanie Spengler, Bastian Sajonz, Michael Bauer, Felix Bermpohl
BACKGROUND: Patients with bipolar disorder in mania exhibit symptoms pointing towards altered self-referential processing, such as decreased self-focus, flight of ideas and high distractibility. In depression, the opposite pattern of symptoms has been connected to increased activation of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) during self-referential processing. In this study, we hypothesized that (1) patients with mania will exhibit decreased activation in the mPFC during self-referential processing and (2) will be more alexithymic and that levels of alexithymia will correlate negatively with mPFC activation...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545792/living-alone-and-activation-of-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-differential-effects-depending-on-alexithymic-personality-features
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Jan Terock, Anke Hannemann, Deborah Janowitz, Henry Völzke, Matthias Nauck, Harald-Jürgen Freyberger, Henri Wallaschofski, Hans Jörgen Grabe
OBJECTIVE: Living alone is considered as a chronic stress factor predicting different health conditions and particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD). Alexithymia is associated with increased psychological distress, less social skills and fewer close relationships, making alexithymic subjects particularly susceptible to chronic stress imposed by "living alone". Only few studies investigated the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system (RAAS) activity in response to chronic stress. We aimed at evaluating the effects of "living alone" as a paradigm for chronic stress on RAAS activity and putatively differential effects depending on alexithymic personality features...
May 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542508/the-measurement-of-alexithymia-in-children-and-adolescents-psychometric-properties-of-the-alexithymia-questionnaire-for-children-and-the-twenty-item-toronto-alexithymia-scale-in-different-non-clinical-and-clinical-samples-of-children-and-adolescents
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Gwenolé Loas, Stéphanie Braun, Marie Delhaye, Paul Linkowski
This study had two aims. Firstly, the psychometric properties of the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and the Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children (AQC) that measure the three dimensions of alexithymia (DIF, difficulty identifying feelings; DDF, difficulty describing feelings; EOT, externally-oriented thinking) were explored in various samples of children, adolescents or young adults to detect the best factor-structure and to examine if the Externally-Oriented Thinking (EOT) factor must be deleted or not...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537758/validation-of-the-empathy-quotient-in-mainland-china
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Qing Zhao, David L Neumann, Xiaoyan Cao, Simon Baron-Cohen, Xiang Sun, Yuan Cao, Chao Yan, Yuna Wang, Lin Shao, David H K Shum
This research aimed to validate a simplified Chinese version of the Empathy Quotient (EQ; 60 items) for use with Mainland Chinese people. The original English version of the EQ was translated into simplified Chinese. Through an online survey, 588 Mainland Chinese participants completed the EQ and 3 other questionnaires: the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI), the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ), and the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Thirty-five participants completed retesting of the EQ 3 to 4 weeks later...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536815/-is-kinesiophobia-associated-with-changes-in-left-right-judgment-and-emotion-recognition-during-a-persisting-pain-condition-a-cross-sectional-study
#18
H von Piekartz, J Lüers, H Daumeyer, G Mohr
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of kinesiophobia on emotion recognition and left/right judgement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 67 patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain were tested. In all, 24 patients achieved a score >37 on the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia and were included in the study. The ability to recognize basic emotions coded through facial expression was assessed using the Facially Expressed Emotion Labeling (FEEL) test...
May 23, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536730/alexithymia-illness-perception-and-self-management-competency-in-psoriasis
#19
Marie H Larsen, Anne Lene Krogstad, Astrid K Wahl
Alexithymia, defined as difficulty in describing or recognizing emotions, has been shown to be connected with psoriasis, but its relationship with self-management of psoriasis has not been explored. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency of alexithymia and its relationship with self-management and illness perception in the context of psoriasis. A total of 163 patients participating in 3 weeks of climate heliotherapy (CHT) at Gran Canaria were assessed for alexithymia using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) at baseline...
May 24, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514404/-emotional-impairments-and-their-correction-in-patients-with-migraine
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L S Chutko, S Yu Surushkina, E A Yakovenko, T I Anisimova, A V Sergeev
AIM: To study emotional impairments in patients with migraine and to evaluate the efficiency of Noophen therapy for this pathology. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 63 patients aged 18 to 45 years with migraine without aura were examined. 56 patients used prophylactic antimigraine therapy: Group 1 (n = 26) received metoprolol and Group 2 took metoprolol in combination with Noophen. RESULTS: The patients with migraine had a significantly higher level of alexithymia than the controls...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
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