Alexithymia, Affective Disorders and Substance Abuse: Possible Cross-Relationships

  title={Alexithymia, Affective Disorders and Substance Abuse: Possible Cross-Relationships},
  author={A. James Giannini},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={1389 - 1390}
  • A. Giannini
  • Published 1 June 1996
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Reports
Alexithymia is a syndrome manifesting affective, cognitive, and perceptual social defects, which include diminished affective-interpretive abilities. These abilities have been observed to be decreased in opiate abuse, major depression, and premenstrual depressive disorder, but increased in cocaine abuse and manic states. Conditions associated with decreased affective-interpretive abilities are also associated with decreased central catecholamine levels. Conversely, conditions associated with… 
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