Interventions in Obesity & Diabetes

Alexithymia in Type I and Type II Diabetes

  • Open or Close Markus Stingl1*, Katrin Naundorf2, Lisa vom Felde1, Bernd Hanewald1

    1Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen
    2Kerckhoff-Klinik GmbH, Psychocardiology, Benekestr. 2-8, 61231 Bad Nauheim, Germany

    *Corresponding author: M Stingl, Center for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Giessen and Marburg, Giessen site, Klinikstr. 36, 35385 Giessen, Germany

Submission: February 09, 2018; Published: April 02, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/IOD.2018.01.000512

ISSN: 2578-0263
Volume1 Issue3


Objective: The course of the diabetes is significantly determined by individual behavior. In addition to disease-specific knowledge, self-care and adequate responses to emotional needs seem to be vital for a sufficient glycemic control.

Method: We examined the emotional impairments in 121 type I and type II diabetics by measuring their extent of alexithymic characteristics via the Toronto-Alexithymia-Scale (TAS-26).

Results: Both diabetic patients (type I and type II) showed significant more difficulties in identifying and verbalizing emotions than the norm sample, but a lower external-oriented thinking style. In this context, we found no differences between type I and type II diabetics. The implications of these findings for the diabetes care are discussed.

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