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Pruritus pp 415-423 | Cite as

Psychological Intervention

  • Laurent MiseryEmail author
  • Gudrun Schneider
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Abstract

Because there is a psychological part in pruritus and because pruritus induces psychological consequences, psychological interventions may be helpful for the patient. A primary necessity is to improve the skin condition, allowing patients to feel better. Although frequently not confirmed by clinical studies, the use of psychotherapies may also be very valuable to improve psychological status and sometimes itch: cognitive and behavioural therapies, psychoanalysis and derived therapies, support psychotherapy, hypnosis and others. Finally, there is a need for a therapeutic alliance and therapeutic education may be also helpful for patients suffering for itch.

Keywords

Psyche Psychological Psychotherapy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences of Brest, and Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital, and University of BrestBrestFrance
  2. 2.Department of Psychosomatics and PsychotherapyUniversity of MünsterMunsterGermany

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