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Does alexithymia differentiate between patients with nonepileptic seizures, patients with epilepsy, and nonpatient controls?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16095976     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Considering the evidence of an association between alexithymia and somatization, this study aimed to discover whether alexithymia could distinguish patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (NES) from those with epilepsy (ES) and nonpatient controls (C). Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) scores were obtained from 21 matched participants from each of these groups, together with measures of anxiety and depression. Overall TAS-20 scores did not differentiate the three groups after controlling for anxiety and depression, but scores on certain subscales of the TAS-20 differed significantly between the patient groups and the controls. Although alexithymia could not discriminate individuals with NES from those with organic manifestations, whether the etiology of alexithymia may differ according to patient group was discussed. Given that 90.5% of NES patients were identified as alexithymic, treatment approaches used for individuals with alexithymia may be usefully applied to those with NES.
Jane Bewley; Philip N Murphy; Jenna Mallows; Gus A Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article     Date:  2005-08-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1525-5050     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-28     Completed Date:  2005-12-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  430-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Social & Psychological Sciences, Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / psychology*
Diagnosis, Differential
Epilepsy / diagnosis*,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Sample Size
Seizures / diagnosis*,  etiology,  psychology*
Self Concept

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