How understanding alexithymia can improve PTSD treatment outcomes

09 Mar 2023

It’s widely recognised that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause those impacted to experience a “numbing” of emotions, making it difficult for them to fully feel and process their feelings. This emotional numbing can pose a challenge when it comes to undergoing trauma-focused treatments, hindering their effectiveness. 


What if there was a related construct that may hold the key to unlocking better therapy outcomes? Enter alexithymia, a construct characterised by a lack of emotional awareness, which is similar to and can be confused with emotional numbing.


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