Pain sensitivity, alexithymia, and depression in patients with eating disorders: are they related?

@article{Zwaan1996PainSA,
  title={Pain sensitivity, alexithymia, and depression in patients with eating disorders: are they related?},
  author={Martina de Zwaan and Dorothee M Biener and Michael Bach and Stefan Wiesnagrotzki and Georg Stacher},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  year={1996},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={65-70}
}
A decreased sensitivity to painful stimuli and high scores for alexithymia and depression have been observed in patients with eating disorders. We investigated the relationship between these factors in 22 patients with anorexia nervosa, 18 patients with bulimia nervosa, and 32 healthy subjects. Alexithymia was assessed using the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale and depression using the Beck Depression Inventory. Patients with bulimia exhibited significantly higher thresholds to mechanically… CONTINUE READING