It is not surprising that people who suffer from skin conditions can develop related emotional problems. The two conditions often fuel one another and create a cycle that is difficult to break. What is surprising is the extent to which this occurs.
In fact, there is an emerging sub-specialty of psychology, called psychodermatology, that helps patients deal with this aspect of their condition.
Here are some findings from the American Academy of Dermatology and other skin groups:¹
- Major depression is one of the main results of chronic skin disorders.
- Suicidal thoughts are another consequence. Consider some statistics on psoriasis. About 5% of the 4.5 American adults with psoriasis have suicidal thoughts – three times the rate of the general population.
- Other psychosocial side effects of skin conditions are social withdrawal, anger, frustration, and lack of confidence.
- 26% of people with moderate to severe psoriasis have been forced to change or discontinue their normal daily activities.
- Adults with acne face higher rates of unemployment than the general population.
- Kids with skin disorders suffer, too. Two out of five of these children have some psychosocial impairment.
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1) Grosbart PhD, Ted. “The Emotional Impact of Skin Problems.” Psychology Today 9 Jan. 2010: 9 pars. Web. 26 Sept. 2011. .