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Forensic Science & Addiction Research

Alexithymia and Addiction

Submission: August 12, 2019;Published: October 21, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/FSAR.2018.05.000613

ISSN: 2578-0042
Volume5 Issue2


Alexithymia was first described by Sifneos [1] as difficulty identifying and communicating feelings, differentiating feelings and somatic sensations of emotional arousal, a diminution of fantasy and imagination and an externally oriented cognitive style [2]. Studies have found that alexithymia is present across 18 different ethnic and racial groups [3]. Alexithymia is seen in around 6 and 10% in the general population [4-5]. However, when compared to non-addicted individuals, those with substance-use disorders more frequently exhibit alexithymia [6]. In patients with alcohol-use disorders percentages typically range from 45 to 67%

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