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Psychodermatology: An update

Authors
Journal
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
0190-9622
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
34
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0190-9622(96)90284-4
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology

Abstract

Abstract It has been estimated that in at least one third of dermatology patients, effective management of the skin disorder involves consideration of associated emotional factors. This article provides an overview of psychodermatology with a focus on the more recent literature and an emphasis on the clinical aspects and psychologic therapies for (1) cutaneous associations of psychiatric disorders and (2) psychiatric associations of certain cutaneous disorders that are known to be influenced by psychosomatic factors. This article also provides an update on the use of psychotropic drugs (i.e., the antianxiety, antidepressant, and antipsychotic agents) for the treatment of mental disorders that occur in conjunction with cutaneous conditions. Some of their other pharmacologic properties, such as the antihistaminic and analgesic effects of some antidepressant agents are also reviewed.

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