, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 211-218
Date: 15 May 2009

Current concepts in psychodermatology

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Abstract

Dermatology is a discipline in which psychosomatic issues serve a key purpose in helping us understand the etiology and progression of skin diseases and determining appropriate treatment protocols. Emotional factors appear to significantly influence most skin diseases, and the correlation between stressful life events and disease flares is well recognized in dermatology. In this article, recent research is highlighted for major cutaneous disease states, as well as psychiatric disorders with symptoms that present as skin disorders. The role of the expanding field of psychoneuroimmunology as it pertains to dermatologic disorders is discussed. The author also presents recommendations for optimal evaluation and management of psychosocial concerns in the dermatology patient population.