Are you aware of how you express your emotions? Maybe today you have a good opportunity to say something to someone, think about it.

 

Alexithymia the Short Film

Alexitimia is a short film, a story that invites us to think about how we think, how we feel and how we act, with ourselves and with our environment.

In this case, Alex, our protagonist, suffers from Alexithymia disorder , the inability to recognize and verbally express one’s emotions. In a society that does not know how to express and manage their own emotions, disorders such as Anxiety, Stress or Alexithymia, are more common than we think, affecting in the case of Alexithymia, 10% of the population.

As the short film itself shows us, it is very difficult for us to manage and express our emotions, which is quite normal since no one teaches us how to do it. Knowing how to manage our emotions implies Self-Knowledge, knowing ourselves, something we are not educated to do. It is not taught in schools, nor in most homes. We do not know how to express our emotions, our parents did not, and neither did their parents with them, which in some cases leads to real difficulties in relating to others.

The Madrid Film Institute, with the participation of the students of the Directing, Acting and Makeup course and with the collaboration of Wake up, have made possible this short film, a story that gives food for thought and aims to bring a point of awareness and self-knowledge in the world. Magnificent direction, together with great teamwork, have allowed us to capture a very common day-to-day reality that reveals the shortcomings of an emotionally frustrated society.

 

The powerful tool of film

Film is a powerful storytelling toolWake Up wants to shed some light on the Alexithymia disorder, something as unknown as it is frequent, and by extension to make evident the lack in our emotional education, our difficulties to relate, our scarce self-knowledge and its innumerable consequences. We send an important message with a short film, with a story that is as tender as it is human.

Are you aware of how you express your emotions? Maybe today is a good opportunity to say something to someone, think about it.

What is Alexithymia

Alexithymia is an emotional language disorder in which a person has difficulty expressing and recognizing his or her own emotions. This can manifest in difficulty describing how he/she feels, difficulty recognizing emotions in others, and difficulty connecting emotionally with others. It is often associated with anxiety disorders and depression, and can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and emotional expression therapy.

Symptoms of Alexithymia

Symptoms of alexithymia can vary from person to person, but some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty describing how you feel
  • Lack of awareness or understanding of one’s own emotions
  • Difficulty in recognizing emotions in others
  • Difficulty connecting emotionally with others
  • Lack of facial or verbal emotional expression
  • Difficulty in establishing close or intimate relationships
  • Tendency to avoid emotionally intense situations
  • Difficulty regulating emotions

It is important to mention that these symptoms are not specific to alexithymia, they may be the result of other conditions and disorders, it is important to see a professional for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment of alexithymia

Treatment of alexithymia may include various therapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotional expression therapy and group therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on helping people recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors related to alexithymia. It may include techniques such as gradual exposure to emotional situations and learning skills to regulate emotions.

Emotional expression therapy focuses on helping people learn to recognize and express their emotions more effectively. This may include activities such as drawing, writing and play acting.

Group therapy can be helpful for people with alexithymia, as it allows them to connect emotionally with others who share similar difficulties.

In addition to these therapies, medications may also be recommended to treat associated problems such as anxiety disorders and depression.

It is important to note that treatment should be tailored to individual needs, and it is important to follow the recommendations of a mental health professional.

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