Special issues on alexisomia (shitsu-taikan-sho)
Special issue Editor: Takakazu Oka
Alexisomia, called shitsu-taikan-sho in Japanese, refers to the state of reduced awareness of bodily feelings or sensations. This condition was first proposed in 1979 by Dr. Yujiro Ikemi based on his clinical experiences of patients with stress-related, psychosomatic diseases. Earlier in 1973 Dr. Sifneos, PE had proposed “alexithymia” as a characteristic seen in patients with psychosomatic diseases. This led to Dr. Ikemi observing that these patients also had difficulty feeling bodily sensations, with this difficulty playing an important pathophysiological role in psychosomatic diseases. Recent advances in basic research on interoception and interoceptive awareness have highlighted the clinical importance of alexisomia, especially in the field of psychosomatic medicine. This special series will therefore be devoted to research and reviews on the significance of alexisomia in psychosomatic medicine practice.
Deadline of submission is 31 November 2019. All submissions will be thoroughly peer-reviewed. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines section for detailed information on preparation of manuscripts, or contact us for questions. State on the cover letter that the submission is for the Special issue, and select relevant issue topic Alexisomia when making submission.