Exploring the Psychological Profile of Patients with Delusional Infestation

Hidradenitis suppurativa Research


Author(s): Shah R, Taylor RE, Bewley A

Delusional infestation (DI) is an uncommon psychiatric disorder in which patients present with the false and fixed belief (i.e. a delusion) that their skin and/or their environment is infested despite objective evidence to the contrary. Within psychodermatology specialist clinics there is a high rate of DI referrals. What is not known is the level of psychiatric and psychological co-morbidities associated with DI and whether psychiatric or psychological assessment would be warranted. One-hundred and thirty-eight adult patients with DI attending an outpatient psychodermatology clinic were given 3 standardised questionnaires. The results showed that 81% had a poor quality of life; 52% with anxiety, 41.6% with depression and 49% with appearance-related concerns. This study indicates high levels of psychiatric and psychological disorders in DI which require assessment and appropriate intervention.


Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Acta dermato-venereologica
Journal Abbreviation: Acta Derm. Venereol.
Journal Date Published: 2016-03-30


National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMID: 27026055
Article Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27026055
Lasted Revision: 2017-03-09


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


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