Alexithymia, from the Greek meaning “lacking,”  is the term for an individual who lacks having or even identifying emotions. While Alexithymia is not a mental disorder it may be the result of masking or co-occurring with other underlying mental health conditions such as depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

Difficulty Expressing Feelings

Alexithymics have difficulty with: expressing various types of feelings; appear cold and stiff when relating or interacting with others; have difficulty establishing and maintaining relationships; seem to lack emotional sensitivity and awareness; enjoy life less than everyone else; have little or no vivid imagination; have trouble differentiating between emotions and physical sensitivity; and appear overly cold and logical in making decisions and managing people.

Alexithymia is more widespread than we think and actually affects nearly 13 percent of adults. It is is twice as common in males as in females. One study of Chinese men in prison indicate nearly 30 percent are affected.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope the information can guide you toward improving your life.

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