…but not on purpose I swear!
This next disorder that we’re gonna talk about really isn’t a disorder. It’s actually considered a personality trait, but it does have the potential to eventually become something worse.
Alexithymia is characterized by the inability to really convey emotion. A person with Alexithymia may feel depressed or anxious, but can’t really describe these feelings or even understand them. Now, before the world’s tiniest violin starts playing & you begin self-diagnosing, listen to this. Part of the reason Alexithymiacs have trouble elaborating on their feelings is because of a very restricted imagination. Alexithymiacs report very structured dreams, not very our of the ordinary or ‘dream-like’ at all; ordinary things like a dream about having lunch or sitting in class.
Wikipedia says something about Alexithymiacs acting as if they were ‘robots’, and that’s not too far off. Ask an Alexithymiac about his or her day. They won’t be able to let you know that they felt a little sad & lonely throughout it, but they will be able to describe to you in mechanical detail at what hour they ate, when they got home, how long a television program they watched was.
Like I mentioned, Alexithymia isn’t really considered a disorder, it’s a trait. Unfortunately, most of the time it comes paired up with something worse such as Anorexia Nervosa or some kind of substance abuse - which makes therapy even more difficult because the person can’t describe what they’re feeling.