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Essential Tremor and Alexithymia [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. Ahead of Print: TJN-98216

Essential Tremor and Alexithymia

Yıldızhan Şengül1, Hakan Serdar Şengül2, Elif Gökçal1, İsmet Üstün1, Ahmet Öztürk3, Onur Yılmaz3, Gülsen Babacan Yıldız1
1Bezmialem Vakif University Hospital, Department of Neurology
2Gaziosmanpasa Taksim Ilkyardim Training And Research Hospital
3Bezmialem Vakif University Hospital, Department of Psychiatry

Objective: Essential tremor is the most common cause of tremor. We know that this disease, which is presumed to be monosymptomatic until recently, may be accompanied by motor findings and a series of non-motor findings other than action tremor. Alexithymia can be summarized as not naming emotions, not expressing emotions, not separating emotions from each other, or living their emotions without being aware of them. The aim of our study was to evaluate alexithymia in essential tremor patients.
Materials and Methods: 44 (38.22 ± 18.05 years) of essential tremor patients and 46 (37.17 ± 10.68) controls were included in the study. The Fahn Tolosa Marin tremor rating scale (FTM-TRM) were performed for the patients group and the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) were applied to both groups.
Results: The mean TAS was 49.16 ± 8.94 in the patient group and 42.34 ± 6.27 in the control group (p value <0.001). When the subgroup scores were compared, the patient group had difficulty in recognizing their feelings and thinking outwardly.
Conclusion: Our study has shown that alexithymia may be present in patients with ET. Studies involving larger patient groups and imaging in this respect will be useful in illuminating the location of alexithymia in the non-motor symptom spectrum of the disease.
Key words: essential tremor, alexithymia, non motor symptoms

Keywords: essential tremor, alexithymia, non motor symptoms




Corresponding Author: Yıldızhan Şengül, Türkiye


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