This time of year people tend to worry about sun exposure and what that means for their skin. But not a lot of people openly talk about the pain that comes from the emotional effects of dermatologic problems.
The psychological and emotional side of dermatology was highlighted in an article on MD Consult this week. Dr. Richard G. Fried suggests that interventions such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, and meditation can improve the conditions of patients suffering from psoriasis, eczema, urticaria and other skin ailments.
“This self-perpetuating negative interaction between stress and impaired skin function has been well-described and often underlies the so-called ‘vicious cycle’ that exists between skin and negative emotional states,” Dr. Fried said in an article in the June issue of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.
This theory isn’t just focused on those with dermatologic problems though; Dr. Fried also believes that the effects of aging on a patient can lead to negative emotional backlash that could also be improved by nonpharmacologic interventions.Comments