Disorders of Affect Regulation

Alexithymia in Medical and Psychiatric Illness

Disorders of Affect Regulation

This work provides an entirely new perspective on emotional influences on mental and physical health. The authors present current thinking on the development and regulation of emotions and argue that several common but difficult to treat psychiatric illnesses, including drug addictions, eating disorders, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorders, are a consequence of an individual's inability to regulate distressing emotions through mental processes. They also advance a model in which dysregulated emotions may alter other bodily systems and thereby contribute to the development of physical illnesses and diseases. The book is generously illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes and provides descriptions of innovative therapeutic approaches. This volume will become a valuable and stimulating reference for clinicians and researchers alike.


"Extremely well presented...This book is provocative and thorough...The reference materials and indexes are excellent." Journal of the American Medical Association

"I view this book as a "must" for people interested in alexithymia and emotion regulation, and a "probably should have" for those interested in contemporary models of how emotions influence health." Journal of Psychosomatic Research

'This is an important book for all those who are interested in the alexithymia construct and it will become an anchor point for them.' Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

' … provocative and thorough.' JAMA

'… remarkable for its comprehensive treatment of alexithymia; integrated balance of theory, research, and clinical applications; and its evenhanded approach to interpreting the literature - offering conclusions where the evidence is sound, and pointing out future research directions where the evidence is weak or conflicting … a 'must' for people interested in alexithymia and emotion regulation.' Mark A. Lumley, Journal of Psychosomatic Research

'The authors support their ideas with hundreds of references from their own research, as well as from the work of others, providing a comprehensive synthesis of current thinking regarding alexithymia … Psychotherapists of clients with eating, personality, mood, and substance abuse disorders can gain a new understanding of the difficulties faced by those who have disturbances in affect regulation. And physicians who see patients who express their emotions somatically can learn from this new conceptualization of alexithymia as a risk factor for illness and disease.' Bulletin of the Nenninger Clinic