Psychological components of chronic diseases: the link between defense mechanisms and alexithymia

Mariagrazia Di Giuseppe, Ciro Conversano


The influence of psychological health in the etiology of chronic diseases is nowadays a central topic of scientific debates (Eikeseth et al., 2020; Martino et al., 2021a; Sardella et al., 2021). Patients coping with a chronic condition experience complex emotional distress that is frequently overlooked when medical care is considered (Gatchel, 2004; Turner & Kelly, 2000).


Chronic diseases; Psychosomatics; Emotion regulation; Alexithymia; Defense mechanisms.

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