Alexithymia in patients with major depressive disorder and comorbid cluster C personality disorders: a 6-month follow-up study.

Abstract

The authors examined the association between alexithymia, cluster C personality disorders (CPD), and severity of depression among 121 outpatients with major depressive disorder (MDD) in a 6-month, follow-up study. Diagnosis of depression and CPD was confirmed by means of the Structured Clinical Interviews for DSM-III-R (SCID I and SCID II). Alexithymia was screened using the 20-item version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale and severity of depression was assessed using the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory. Results indicated that alexithymic features are common in patients with MDD but often alleviated during recovery from depression. Moreover, comorbid CPD and severity of depression seemed to be associated with poorer recovery from alexithymia. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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@article{Honkalampi2001AlexithymiaIP, title={Alexithymia in patients with major depressive disorder and comorbid cluster C personality disorders: a 6-month follow-up study.}, author={Kirsi Honkalampi and Jukka J. Hintikka and Risto Antikainen and Johannes Lehtonen and Heimo T Viinam{\"a}ki}, journal={Journal of personality disorders}, year={2001}, volume={15 3}, pages={245-54} }