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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2014, XXXVII/218: 128-133 Maximize

Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2014, XXXVII/218: 128-133

Title: Alexithymia – definition, causes and participation in the etiology of diseases

/ Authors: Orzechowska A., Denys K., Gałecki P.

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Alexithymia – definition, causes and participation in the etiology of diseases


Orzechowska A., Denys K., Gałecki P.

Medical University of Łódź, Poland: Department of Adults Psychiatry

Alexithymia leads to an inability to recognize and identify feelings, use of language to describe the feelings and the inability to distinguish between emotions and bodily symptoms. Is treated as a stable personality trait, which along with other personality factors predispose to presence a variety of mental and physical diseases. Alexithymia is considered to be a personality trait which together with other environmental factors predispose to worsening of somatic diseases and may contribute to the emergence of mental disorders. The direction of this dependence is not exactly known for heterogeneity alexythymia etiology, and therefore requires further studies.

Key words: alexithymia, somatic diseases, psychiatric disorders

Pol. Merk. Lek., 2014, XXXVII, 218, 128