Psychocutaneous Disorders of Hair and Scalp

  • Ralph M. Trüeb
  • Uwe Gieler


• Many patients with a hair or scalp disorder have psychological issues associated with their chief complaint.

• To handle these cases of imaginary hair loss, abnormal scalp sensations, or self-induced injury to the hair or scalp effectively, the dermatologist must be capable of classifying and diagnosing psychocutaneous disorders.

• There are two ways to classify psychocutaneous cases: first, by the category of the dermatologic presentation; and, second, by the nature of the underlying psychopathologic condition.

• If the dermatologist considers treating these patients with psychopharmacologic agents, the selection of appropriate agents is dictated by the nature of the underlying psychopathologies.

• Finally, the best way to alleviate the emotional distress caused by a hair disorder is to effectively treat it.


Generalize Anxiety Disorder Hair Loss Alopecia Areata Delusional Disorder Androgenetic Alopecia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph M. Trüeb
    • 1
  • Uwe Gieler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Klinik für Psychosomatik und PsychotherapieUniversitätsklinikum Giessen und Marburg GmbH, Standort GiessenGiessenGermany

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