A longitudinal study of alexithymia and psychological distress in inflammatory bowel disease

Piero Porcelli, Claudio Leoci, Vito Guerra, Graeme J. Taylor, R. Michael Bagby

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A group of 104 patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was followed longitudinally for 6 months. While anxiety and depression scores were influenced over time by changes in the level of disease activity, there was no significant change in alexithymia scores. The findings support the contention that alexithymia is a stable personality characteristic in some IBD patients, in contrast to anxiety and depression which are state phenomena influenced by the level of disease activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-573
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996



  • Alexithymia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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