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Klin Med (Mosk). 1997;75(11):32-4.

[Alexithymia in personal characteristics of patients with coronary heart diseases].

[Article in Russian]

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Department of Faculty Therapy, State Medical Academy, Voronezh.

Abstract

Psychological status was assessed in 120 patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) according to MMPI, Toronto alexithymic scale. Alexithymia was diagnosed in 49.1% of the examinees. They were characterized by difficulties in definition of their feelings, absence of dreams and fantasies, introversion, inclination to depressive response to stress, hypochondria eventuating in senesthopathy. The above psychological and pathopsychological traits in CHD patients require psychotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic correction in order to enhance efficacy of the treatment.

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9490353
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