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Describe the difference between alexithymia and simply being numb?

Describe the difference between alexithymia and simply being numb?

Alexithymia: Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. Generally have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Alexithymia (Definition)

Alexithymia = a marked lack of emotional awareness, ability to describe one's emotions, social attachment, & ...Read more


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Have you heard about the alexithymia and circumcision?

Have you heard about the alexithymia and circumcision?

Not related: Alexithmia is a psychiatric term for deficiency in describing or understanding emotions and thus is not related to circumcision. Unless a parent is accused of alexithmia for failing to take into account their child's future emotions for either having been or not having been cicumcised as an infant. ...Read more

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How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

Namenda (memantine): Although it is off-label, the medication used to treat alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) can help improve verbal functioning in this area. I have personally treated hundreds of autistic (including aspergers) individuals successfully improving their ability to converse, make friends, connect better with others, enhance vocabulary and syntax skills at usual doses. ...Read more

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Alexithymia: who has it?

Alexithymia: who has it?

No words for feeling: Alexithymia, or being without words for feelings or fantasy, is found more frequently in those with ocd, autism, schizoid, and those who simply do not express how they emote or view the future. It was a word coined by peter sifneos from harvard several decades ago. ...Read more

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What can cause my alexithymia?

Tightly controlled.: Marked obsessive compulsive tendencies with underlying rage. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to treat alexithymia?

Not necessarily: If there is no impairment and no concern for interpersonal functioning, then probably not. A hermit who does not come in contact with others may have no concerns in this area. The other 99.99% of us probably would benefit if improved with this condition. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Alexithymia?

Alexithymia: Alexithymia = a marked lack of emotional awareness, ability to describe one's emotions, social attachment, & ability to relate interpersonally. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being numb and getting that "pins and needles" feeling?

What is the difference between being numb and getting that "pins and needles" feeling?

There is a difference: True numbness is the absence of any sensation. Tingling is usually based on some type of irritation of the nerve root. However the nerve is still functioning and has sensation. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between numb patches on my feet caused by shoe/use compression or by more ominous causes?

How can I tell the difference between numb patches on my feet caused by shoe/use compression or by more ominous causes?

Probably not shoes: A numb patch by a shoe is going to be either a callus, a wart (both easy enough to see), or go way quickly after the shoes are removed. Sometimes nerves can be damaged more seriously by long term compression, but i would never assume that is the case without a doctor knowing the whole story and saying that was it. The later would be rare. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nerve damage in head region and a migraine? Clean mri. Details please. Constant numbness.

What is the difference between nerve damage in head region and a migraine? Clean mri. Details please. Constant numbness.

Migraines are related to bloodflow not Murphy injury: Migraine headaches are due to changes in blood flow to the brain not neuronal injury per se. However, migraine headaches can be a cause of small bright spots in the white matter tracks of the brain as seen on mri. Your constant numbness could be caused by changes in the spine and not the brain. ...Read more

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What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be

What the difference between my anxiety symptoms and angina? The left side of my body goes numb after eating. I've been examined in the ER and the doctors said I have no signs of heart attack, stroke, or cancer. I didn't notice I was depressed. Could I be

When it happens: Angina means heart pain which is much much more likely to occur in older people and during physical exertion while panic attacks are often random, or due to some specific trigger such as supermarket/closed space likely elevator etc...During a panic attack, the symptoms are quite like angina. Being 24 and had work-up without cardiac involvement, panic is likely. Consult doc for treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had 2 mris done, but they have differences, and would like to know what they mean. I have been having numbness on the right side of my body too.

I've had 2 mris done, but they have differences, and would like to know what they mean. I have been having numbness on the right side of my body too.

Speak to neurologist: I am assuming that you are talking about MRI of brain ( you did not specify). The neurologist who ordered the MRI is in best position to explain in light of your symptoms and signs assuming you have already seen one. If you are not happy with current then seek a 2nd. Opinion. ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis and am taking elavil 50 mg. I don't notice a difference in my numbness is this a high enough dose? I also take cymbslta 60

I have multiple sclerosis and am taking elavil 50 mg. I don't notice a difference in my numbness is this a high enough dose? I also take cymbslta 60

Yes/no: Individuals can be on hundreds of milligrams of amitriptyline per day; however, side effects are more likely. I have some patients that can tolerate more than 10mg per day while some take 200mg per day without any problems. ...Read more

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Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg. numb leg colder . any thoughts why?

Left leg numb 10 months, going physical therapy, he said there is a temperature difference in each leg.  numb leg colder  . any thoughts why?

Peripheral Artery Dz: Hi, Thank you for your question. If your pulses are not equal on both feet then you should be seeing a vascular surgeon. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more

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Dr. said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

Dr. said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

C6 radiculopathy: Although carpal tunnel can clearly affect function and feeling of the thumb causing radiating pain up the limb as well- the MOST common neurological phenomenon seen as isolated THUMB symptoms (whether pain or numbness) with pain radiating up limb would be a C6 radiculopathy. Tell me what the EMG/NCV study shows. Wanna chat? Write me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Right foot big toe feels immediately numb in certain shoes and perfectly fine in others. I think it my be hight difference from heel to toe.

Right foot big toe feels immediately numb in certain shoes and perfectly fine in others.
I think it my be hight difference from heel to toe.

Keep in mind: One size for one company or brand does not necessarily equate wi th the same size in another brand, so you want to make sure the shoe fits properly. I would add, sometimes, pain to the big toe can be a sign of lower back pain. So keep that in the back of your head as well. ...Read more

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How long does numbness last after getting a hep b shot?

How long does numbness last after getting a hep b shot?

1-2 days: Most of the time, it should not cause any symptoms. Rarely it can cause discomfort for couple days. ...Read more