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Doctor insights on: Describe The Difference Between Alexithymia And Simply Being Numb

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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

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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 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