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Alexithymia in obsessive-compulsive disorder: clinical correlates and symptom dimensions

Authors
 Roh, Daeyoung  ;  Kim, Woo-Jung  ;  Kim, Chan-Hyung 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE, Vol.199(9) : 690-695, 2011 
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE
ISSN
 0022-3018 
Issue Date
2011
MeSH
Adult ; Affective Symptoms/complications ; Affective Symptoms/diagnosis* ; Age of Onset ; Female ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Obsessive Behavior/complications* ; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/complications* ; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Keywords
Alexithymia ; obsessive-compulsive disorder ; age at onset ; symptom dimensions ; sexual/religious obsessions
Abstract
Previous studies have indicated that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with alexithymic traits. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the difference of alexithymia in OCD patients and healthy controls. This study was also designed to elucidate a specific link between certain OCD symptom dimensions and alexithymia. Forty-five patients with OCD and 45 healthy controls completed measures of the OCD symptom severity, alexithymia, anxiety, and depression. Patients with OCD had significantly higher scores of alexithymia than did the healthy controls. Multiple regression analysis revealed that age at onset and the level of anxiety were significantly associated with alexithymia. "Sexual/religious obsessions" was the only symptom dimension that showed a positive association with alexithymia in OCD patients. These findings suggest that OCD patients with a high level of anxiety and an early age of onset may have greater alexithymic tendency. We also found the first evidence for a specific link between sexual/religious obsessions and alexithymia in patients with OCD.
Full Text
http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&CSC=Y&NEWS=N&PAGE=fulltext&AN=00005053-201109000-00013&LSLINK=80&D=ovft
DOI
10.1097/NMD.0b013e318229d209
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Psychiatry (정신과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Chan Hyung(김찬형)
Roh, Dae Young(노대영)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/95057
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