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Psychiatric Briefs

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2001;3(5):227-229

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Psychodermatologic disorders, which involve interactions between the skin and the mind, can be classified into 3 broad categories: psychophysiologic disorders, primary psychiatric disorders with a dermatologic component, and secondary psychiatric disorders stemming from skin disfigurement. Psychophysiologic disorders are skin conditions that are often preceded or worsened by emotional stress; such conditions include acne, psoriasis, and urticaria (hives). Treatment of psychophysiologic disorders should target both the skin condition itself and the underlying psychological, social, and/or occupational stress. ‚Äč