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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
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
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
Namenda: 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: Both are manefestation of a neuropathic condition. It is not uncommon to have both symptoms intermittently. ...Read more
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