alexithymia


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alexithymia

 [ah-leks″ĭ-thi´me-ah]
inability to recognize or describe one's emotions.

a·lex·i·thy·mi·a

(ă-lek-si-thī'mē-ă),
Difficulty in recognizing and describing one's emotions, defining them instead in terms of somatic sensations or behavioral reactions.
[G. a- priv. + lexis, word, + -thymia, feelings, passion]

alexithymia

[əlek′sithī′mē·ə, -thim′ē·ə]
an inability to experience and communicate feelings consciously.

a·lex·i·thy·mia

(ă-lek'si-thī'mē-ă)
Difficulty in recognizing and describing one's emotions, defining them in terms of somatic sensations or behavioral reactions.
[G. a- priv. + lexis, word, + -thymia, feelings, passion]

alexithymia

a personality trait characterized by difficulty in recognizing or describing one's emotions.
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Alexithymia, the inability to appropriately recognize one's own emotions, is known to be widespread in early-traumatized PTSD populations.
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But, over time, she was plagued by depression and anxiety and she was diagnosed with alexithymia, a condition similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
About forty percent of alcoholics who are not drinking have alexithymia which may be part of the reason that they are drawn to or attracted to alcohol because they really have trouble with their emotional experiences.