Dr. Sergio Paradiso
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Independent and Not Cumulative Effect of Depression and Alexithymia on Pain Severity


Pain severity is typically associated with both depression and alexithymia (a personality trait characterized by poor ability to identify personal emotions). Furthermore, there is a modest but significant relationship between depression and alexithymia. Addressing a gap in the literature, this study directly investigates the relationship between pain, alexithymia, and depression. Methods. Participants included 65 patients with current depression (DSM-IV-TR, 2000) and 96 participants without current depression (i.e. healthy volunteers and individuals with a history of depression, in remission), average age 52 years (SD= 17.9, range= 19.90). Depression was assessed through the Hamilton Rating Scale for depression (Hamilton, 1960). Alexithymia was measured by the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (Taylor, 1992). Participants were divided into low (scores

Maran  Hernandez Rodriguez
UPR @ Rio Piedras