Clinicians who provide dermatologic care know firsthand how diseases of the skin can diminish someone’s confidence and productivity.
May has been Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949. Today, the medical profession is far more accepting of psychodermatology and, according to the American Psychological Association, more psychologists are helping patients during their skin treatment journey.1 Clinicians who provide dermatologic care know firsthand how diseases of the skin can diminish someone’s confidence and productivity. In fact, a survey of nearly 1700 patients conducted by the National Rosacea Society in 2014 showed that 90% experienced lower self-esteem, 54% felt anxiety and helplessness, 43% experienced depression, and more than 50% reported avoiding face-to-face contact with others.2 And that’s just 1 disorder’s impact on emotional well-being.
Every month, Dermatology Times® is dedicated to publishing articles that touch on the mental health aspects of different diagnoses. This month, we discuss psychological considerations to take into account when treating those with alopecia and vitiligo. We also feature sun protection in our cover story through the insights of 4 leaders in the specialty to help you prepare patients for summer and offer them peace of mind.
Our dedication to health care innovation is apparent in our coverage of dermatology news across different platforms. Be sure to check out the late-breaking research reported at the 2023 meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology Association, which advances the treatment of atopic dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa.
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Mike Hennessy Jr is president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences®.
1. Clay RA. The link between skin and psychology. Monit Psychol. 2015;46(2):56.
2. New rosacea survey shows emotional toll of facial redness equals impact of bumps, pimples. News release. National Rosacea Society. January 15, 2014. Accessed April 18, 2023. https://www.rosacea.org/press/2014/january/new-rosacea-survey-shows-emotional-toll-of-facial-redness-equals-impact-of-bumps-pimples