Clinical Features and Drug Treatment of Psychodermatological Disorders

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research

Author(s): Van Moffaert M

The skin is intricately involved with emotional and behavioural problems, both in a causative and a reactive way. This can lead to the development of psychodermatological disorders. In addition to its primary role of tactile receptivity, the skin reacts directly to emotional stimuli. The high visibility of dermatoses makes the skin a direct target for behavioural problems. Furthermore, self-destructive tendencies (such as dermatitis artefacta) and hypochondriacal features are often expressed through dermatological symptoms.In view of the clinical interface between dermatology and psychiatry, a combination of pharmacological and non pharmacological (psychotherapeutic and behavioural) therapies is recommended for the treatment of psychodermatological disorders. Psychotropic drug treatments that may be useful include benzodiazepines, antidepressants and antipsychotics.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: CNS drugs
Journal Abbreviation: CNS Drugs
Journal Date Published: 2016-08-13

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 27520518
Article Source:
Lasted Revision: 2017-09-09

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).


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