Review sul ruolo dell'alexithymia nell'esito del trattamento

Translated title of the contribution: Alexithymia and treatment outcome: Review on the role of alexithymia

Piero Porcelli, Orlando Todarello

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The authors examine the role played by alexithymia in the treatment of various medical and psychiatric disorders, and the post-treatment change of alexithymia. Most studies on patients with complicated grief, gastrointestinal somatization, major depression, substance abuse, and surgery have shown that those with higher alexithymia respond less favourably or more slowly to psychotherapeutic interventions, mostly when insight-oriented approaches are used. Only one published study showed a stable reduction over two years of alexithymia levels in patients with coronary heart disease. Clinicians who treat alexithymic patients should expect therefore fewer and slower treatment progress and implement substantial approaches modifications to their psychotherapeutic approaches.

Translated title of the contributionAlexithymia and treatment outcome: Review on the role of alexithymia
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)179-198
Number of pages20
JournalPsicoterapia e Scienze Umane
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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