Alexithymia and depressed mood in the psychiatric patient

Bethanne Hill, Lee S. Mann, Thomas N. Wise

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The relationship between depressed mood and alexithymia, measured by the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS) was investigated in a group of psychiatric inpatients (n=81) and outpatients (n=97). In both cohorts correlations between the TAS and obsessoid personality style were significant when controlled for mood. The obsessoid style, measured by the Hysteroid-Obsessoid Scale was the most powerful predictor of alexithymia in regression models for each cohort. These data suggest that alexithymia is not a function of depression in such psychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalPsychotherapy and psychosomatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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