Alexithymia in chronic and episodic migraine: a comparative study

Federica Galli, Marcella Caputi, Grazia Sances, Elena Vegni, Sara Bottiroli, Giuseppe Nappi, Cristina Tassorelli

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Background: Alexithymia is a term used to describe a disorder where patients have difficulty in expressing their own feelings in words. Aims: The analysis of alexithymia in patients suffering from chronic migraine (CM) or episodic migraine (EM) compared to healthy controls. Methods: Two clinical samples formed by 80 CM patients (21 males and 59 females, mean age: 44.65) and 44 EM patients (8 males and 36 females, mean age: 42.18) were enrolled. A group of 67 healthy subjects served as controls (26 males and 41 females, mean age: 41.21). All subjects were requested to fill in the 20-item version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Results: We found a statistically significant difference between groups in Factor 1 (difficulty in describing feelings), F(2, 191) = 7.96, p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Mental Health
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 24 2015


  • Alexithymia
  • chronic headache
  • headache
  • migraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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