“Stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents patients from seeking the mental health care they need, delaying care and prolonging suffering. Fear, embarrassment, and impaired quality of life are a reality for many patients suffering from skin disorders like severe cases of psoriasis, hair loss, or acne. In these cases, assistance from a dermatologist who bridges both specialties might be better accepted by patients and can help them find relief for their skin and mind more quickly.
When it comes to helping the millions of Americans suffering from skin issues, whether a flare-up or the management of a chronic condition, exploring both the physical and emotional causes of disease is key to a successful treatment. Neglecting how our emotional lives affect the largest organ of the human body is a mistake, and thankfully, psychodermatological treatments are now available to complement conventional therapies.”
Katlein França is a dermatologist.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Want your skin to look better? Then consider your mental health.”
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