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Psychological Distress in Patients with Psoriasis Vulgaris

Francesca Sampogna, BD, MPH

The presence of psoriasis is often associated with psychological distress and/or psychiatric co-morbidities. In particular, depression, anxiety, and difficulties in expressing emotions have been observed at a much higher prevalence in patients with psoriasis than in the general population. These problems often depend on the stigmatization that many patients with psoriasis experience, which may lead to low self-esteem and self-confidence. Many patients report emotional stress – such as shame, anger, frustration, and humiliation – as a consequence of the stigmatization. Because a strict correlation between the level of psychological distress and the severity of psoriasis does not exist, it is important for dermatologists to constantly evaluate the psychological status of the patient in order to better manage the disease. AdvPsor Inflamm Skin Dis 2009;1(2):41–46.

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