Psychiatric and Psychological Impact of Chronic Skin Disease

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Chronic skin disease has a devastating effect on a person’s physical and psychological well-being. Skin disease significantly impacts all aspects of a patient’s life including school, relationships, career choices, social and leisure activities, and sexual life. The physical, psychological, and social consequences affect not only the patients, but also caregivers and family members as well. Common psychological problems associated with skin disease include, but are not limited to, feelings of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, shame, social isolation, low self-esteem, and embarrassment. Besides psychopharmacology, multiple psychotherapeutic techniques have proved to be helpful in addressing the psychological sequelae of skin disease.

Prim Care Companion CNS Disord 2018;20(2):17nr02247

https://doi.org/10.4088/PCC.17nr02247