The evaluation of primary idiopathic focal hyperhidrosis patients in terms of alexithymia

Ak M., Dincer D., Haciomeroglu B., Akarsu S., Lapsekili N., Ada S.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, cilt.18, ss.704-710, 2013 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2013
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/1359105312454908
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.704-710


The aim of this study was to evaluate the primary focal hyperhidrosis patients in terms of alexithymia. Participants (n = 50) diagnosed with primary focal hyperhidrosis by a dermatologist were referred to a psychiatrist and evaluated via Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders and Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20. The rate of alexithymia was 45.6 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, for primary focal hyperhidrosis and control participants (n = 44). Multivariate analysis of variance results showed that the primary focal hyperhidrosis group scored significantly higher than the control group in Difficulty Identifying Feelings and Difficulty Describing Feelings subscales, and total score. Psychotherapeutic interventions can increase the chances of dermatological treatment success and can have a positive impact on the quality of life in chronic cases.